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District nursing founder's descendent awarded an OBE

The great-great grandson of the founder of district nursing has been awarded an OBE by the Queen in the New Years Honours list.

William Rathbone, a Trustee of the Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) for 38 years, received the honour in recognition of his lifelong charity work.

His great-great grandfather, William Rathbone the sixth, was the first to employ a district nurse in Liverpool in 1859 and subsequently funded the first training school for district nurses.

A member of the Rathbone family has sat on the QNI Council as a Trustee ever since.

"I could not be more delighted that Bill's long service to the QNI and to community nursing has been recognised in this way," said QNI Chair Rosalynde Lowe CBE.

"Bill's wise counsel and long memory is an enormous asset to the organisation."


Nurses recognised in the 2012 New Years Honours list include:

 - Professor Judith Eileen Hill CBE

Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Hospice.

 - Sheena Catherine Byrom

Consultant Midwife, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

 - Maureen Mary Patricia Morgan

Community Nurse, Nottingham.

 - Professor Hilary Anne Chapman

Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, South Yorkshire.

 - Daren Morgan Edwards

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Plastic Surgery, Barts and the London NHS Trust.

 - Mini Joti

Health Visitor, Bridgeton Health Centre.