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Nurses featured in 2015 New Year honours list

The new years honours list contains 20 members of the nursing profession this year.

In total, three nurses have been made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) with another four being made Officers of the Order of the British Empire.

Professor Fiona Ross, Professor of Primary Care Nursing, Kingston University and St George's and Director of Research, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education received a CBE for her contributions to nursing.

She currently works at the Centre for Health and Social Care Research, run jointly by Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

Sally Tyler, who works as a specialist nurse for Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, said she thought the letter telling her she'd been nominated for an MBE was a practical joke to begin with.

Ms Tyler, 50, has worked as a children's epilepsy specialist nurse since 2001, providing services for young people aged up to 19.

She said: “I am really pleased to accept it for children's epilepsy and on behalf of our team. There are lots of unsung heroes out there and I couldn't do my job without their support.”

A full list of the nursing staff awarded honours is as follows:

Dame Commander (DBE)

Eileen Sills -  Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Experience, Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust. For services to nursing.

Commander (CBE)

Wilma Christina Jean Donnelly - Director of Nursing, Royal College of Nursing (Wales). For services to Nursing, the Armed Forces and Trade Unionism.

Professor Julienne Elizabeth Meyer - Professor of Nursing Care for Older People. For services to Nursing and Older People.

Professor Fiona Mary Ross - Professor of Primary Care Nursing, Kingston University and St George's and Director of Research, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. For services to Nursing.

Officer (OBE)

Ms Maud Kells - Nurse, WEC International. For services to people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mrs Sharon Mary White - Founding Member, School and Public Health Nurses Association. For services to Public Health Nursing for School Aged Children.

Member (MBE)

Professor Uduak Archibong, - Professor of Diversity, University of Bradford. For services to Higher Education and Equality.

Mrs Deborah Louise Bone -  Mental Health Nurse, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust. For services to Children and Young People.

Mrs Teresa Jane Chinn - for services to Nursing.

Matthew Hodson - Consultant Nurse, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Respiratory Care.

Winston Anthony McDowell - Bank Staff Nurse, Broadmoor Hospital, West London Mental Health NHS Trust. For services to Mental Health.

Mrs Anne McGregor McPherson - for services to Nursing.


Mrs Margaret Rose-Whyte-Linton Mitchell - Stroke Liaison Team Leader, Westgate Health Centre. For services to Healthcare in Tayside.

Mrs Rene Fordyce Rigby - Development Officer, Scottish Care. For services to Mental Health Nursing.

Miss Anita Ruckledge, - Lead Nurse for Dementia, the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to Nursing.

Mrs Judith Mary Smith -  Macmillan Nurse Consultant, Cancer and Palliative Care, Borders General Hospital. For services to Oncology in the Scottish Borders.

Mrs Sally Jane Tyler - Children's Epilepsy Specialist Nurse, Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust. For services to Nursing.

Medallist (BEM)

Mrs Dorothy Watson - Staff Nurse, Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride. For services to Healthcare and charity.