Image: Professor Mandie Sunderland CBE
The Queen’s Birthday Honours have awarded dozens of nurses and midwives accolades for contributions to both their profession and the fight against Covid-19.
Professor Fiona McQueen, who retired in March after more than five years as chief nursing officer for Scotland, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for ‘services to the NHS in Scotland’.
NMC chief executive Andrea Sutcliffe praised Professor McQueen for her ‘inspirational leadership’ throughout Covid and her ‘passionate’ advocacy for nursing, midwifery, equality and inclusion.
Professor Mandie Sunderland, chief nurse at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust until December 2020, also received a CBE for ‘services to nursing’. Her 35-year career included two years on secondment to the Department of Health in a national role leading on nursing quality.
Tracy Taylor, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust chief executive, said: ‘I can’t think of a better way to mark [Mandie’s] contribution to nursing, and the NHS, than being awarded a CBE.’
Community nurses honoured included Adele Hague, a community nurse in Sheffield who helped lead testing and vaccination services in her area, and nursing home nurse Leigh Patience for her work with Northern Ireland’s veteran community.
Amanda Mansfield, a consultant midwife in London with a career spanning 30 years, and Kelly Pierce-Nergaard, a former midwifery public health and education in Western Sussex who led an information initiative for families during the pandemic, were among the midwives named.
RCN acting chief executive Pat Cullen said all nurses and midwives named ‘should be rightly proud’. She added: ‘They represent the entire nursing workforce in hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries and in the community who have all stood tall under the greatest challenges they will have ever faced.’
Nurses and midwives recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Professor Fiona Catherine McQueen. Lately chief nursing officer for Scotland. For services to the NHS in Scotland (Ayr, Ayrshire)
Amanda Penelope Sunderland. Lately chief nurse, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to Nursing (Burton on Trent, Staffordshire)
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Jacqueline Wendy Bird. Lately regional chief nurse, North West Region, NHS England and NHS Improvement. For services to nursing and the Covid-19 response (Glossop, Derbyshire)
Claire Diana Chadwick. Nurse consultant in infection prevention and control, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to the NHS during Covid-19 (Rochdale, Greater Manchester)
Melanie Irene Coombes. Chief nurse, chief operating officer, deputy chief executive, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust. For services to nursing (Atherstone, Warwickshire)
Michelle Doherty. For services to nursing and to lung cancer patients (Londonderry, City of Londonderry)
Elizabeth Charlotte Franklin-Jones. Children’s senior sister, children’s emergency department, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. For services to nursing and mental health services (Hertford, Hertfordshire)
Phyllis Agnes Leckey. For services to nursing and healthcare in Northern Ireland (Comber, County Down)
Dr Joseph Charles Manning. Clinical associate professor in children and young people nursing, Nottingham Children’s Hospital, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to nursing (Nottingham, Nottinghamshire)
Ngonidzaishe Adam Mapani. Lead nurse consultant, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and clinical teaching fellow, University College London, Department of Clinical Opthalmology. For services to ophthalmology (Gillingham, Kent)
Eileen McEneaney. For services to nursing and midwifery (Belfast, Belfast)
Catherine Ann Pelley. Chief nurse and director of clinical governance, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. For services to nursing leadership in the NHS (Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire)
Siobhan Reilly (Siobhan Heafield). Regional chief nurse, Midlands and East, NHS England and NHS Improvement. For services to nursing and the Covid-19 response (Stafford, Staffordshire)
Arlene Kathleen Linda Wellman. Chief nurse, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to nursing during Covid-19 (Tadley, Hampshire)
Amanda Bethan Mansfield. Consultant midwife, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust. For services to midwifery (Wirksworth, Derbyshire)
Kelly Pierce-Nergaard. Lately midwifery matron for public health and education, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to the NHS particularly during Covid-19 (Chichester, West Sussex)
Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)
Adele Hague. Nurse and healthy child programme lead, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. For services to public health during the Covid-19 pandemic (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
Clare Anne Hawkins. Head of nursing, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group. For services to nursing during the Covid-19 pandemic (Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire)
Ruth Elizabeth Hendy. Lead cancer nurse, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust. For services to cancer patients (Thornbury, Gloucestershire)
Pamela Mary McDiarmid. For services to Marie Curie nurses and the community in Aberfeldy, Scotland (Aberfeldy, Perth)
Leigh Miranda Patience. For services to the Somme Nursing Home for Military Veterans during the Covid-19 crisis (Newtownards, County Down)