Nurses recognised in new year's honours list

The new year's honours list has seen nurses recognised for their achievements in a range of fields, including volunteering to care for people with Ebola in West Africa, child and adolescent mental health services, psycho-oncology and palliative care.

Among those recognised is Public Health England's chief nurse Viv Bennett who has been given a CBE.

Viv Bennett

Professor Bennett is the principal adviser to the government on public health, nursing and midwifery. Between 2012 and April 2015 she was joint director of nursing for the Department of Health and Public Health England (PHE) and led the health visitor programmes.

Professor Bennett said: 'I am personally deeply humbled to be recognised in this way.

'I am thrilled to accept the honour as recognition of the amazing work that nurses and midwives are doing to protect and improve health and wellbeing in our society.'

Beverley Barclay, director of clinical services at The J's Hospice, Essex has been awarded an MBE for services to nursing, particularly her work with young adults with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Ms Barclay, who pioneered the first transition service for life-limited young adults from children's to adult palliative services ten years ago, has worked in the hospice sector for 25 years.

'This has been a wonderful surprise and a complete shock to me. We are enabling young adults to live their short lives to the full. There is still a black hole in palliative care when children move over to adult services and I hope this can now be publicised even more.

'This award is for all the fantastic families and staff I have worked with over the years.'

Others honoured for services to nursing and health care include:


  • Professor Lesley Fallowfield, director of Sussex Health Outcomes Research and Education in Cancer and professor of psycho-oncology, University of Sussex. For services to psycho-oncology.


  • Sharon Blackburn, policy and communications director, National Care Forum, for services to nursing and the not-for-profit care sector.
  • Professor Karen Luker, Queen’s Nursing Institute professor of community nursing and former head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, for services to nursing and midwifery.


  • Dr Oliver Shanley, deputy chief executive and director of quality and safety, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, for services to mental health and disabilities nursing.


  • Emelda August for services to nursing.
  • Greta Beresford, Safe Childbirth Programme Co-ordinator, for services to improving midwifery principally in Russia, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.
  • Jane Collier, nursing adviser for Wales, for voluntary service to first aid with St John Ambulance.
  • Philippa Davies, director of nursing and patient experience, Whittington Health, for services to nursing.
  • Avril Devaney, director of nursing, therapies and patient partnership, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for services to nursing people with mental health problems.
  • Maurice Devine, assistant head, Health and Social Care Clinical Education Centre, for services to the nursing profession and the field of learning disabilities.
  • Julie Flaherty, nurse consultant, paediatric assessment and decision area, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, for services to paediatric nursing in Greater Manchester.
  • Katie Gatward, volunteer nurse, for nursing services to people with Ebola in West Africa.
  • Deborah Glover, editor, Primary Care Nursing Review, for services to nursing and nursing journalism.
  • Liz Lees, deputy director, nursing and patient experience, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, for services to nursing.
  • Annie Ollivierre-Smith, cath lab manager and lead cardiac nurse, BMI The London Independent Hospital, for services to cardiac nursing.
  • Fiona Peacey, clinic nurse, British High Commission, Lilongwe, for services to healthcare in Malawi.
  • Paula Phillips, nurse consultant, child and adolescent forensic mental health services, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for services to mental health nursing.
  • David Prout, perinatal community mental health nurse, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, for services to community mental health nursing.
  • Carol Stonham, senior nurse practitioner, Minchinhampton GP Surgery, Gloucestershire, for services to nursing.
  • Samantha Swinglehurst, lead nurse specialist practice, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, for services to child and adolescent mental health services.


  • Wendy Churchouse, British Heart Foundation arrhythmia nurse, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, for services to cardiac patients in South West Wales.
  • Luret Clarkson for services to nursing and to trade unionism.
  • Fiona Fry, lead specialist nurse in hepatology, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, for services to nursing.
  • Amanda Jolliffe, paediatric nurse at Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, and Badger Set Leader, Griffithstown, Gwent, for voluntary service to first aid through St John Ambulance
  • Jean Lambert for services to nursing.
  • Helen Meehan, formerly specialist palliative care nurse, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, for services to palliative care.
  • Kathryn Vowden, former nurse consultant and nursing lecturer, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for services to nursing.
  • Rachel Williamson, district nursing sister, Falkland Islands, for services to the community in the Falkland Islands.


  • Lt Cdr Suzanne Gardner-Clark, Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service.