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A former Nursing Standard nurse of the year has collected his MBE from Prince William at Buckingham Palace.

Former nurse of the year picks up MBE

Prince William and Nurse consultant Matthew Hodson. PA

Nurse consultant Matthew Hodson, who works for Homerton Univesity Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in east London, was made an MBE in the Queens New Year Honours for services to respiratory care.

He said he felt incredibly honoured to have been nominated but added that, although he had been singled out for recognition, the award was a reflection on his extremely supportive team.

He added that he hoped other nurses would now be inspired to consider nominating worthy colleagues for a similar award.

Mr Hodson was named Nursing Standard nurse of the year in 2013 after setting up a specialist drop-in clinic for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at St Josephs Hospice and the Homerton Hospital.

Picking up the MBE from Buckingham Palace was amazing, he said. Prince William was very interested in the work I do in respiratory care and it was a great opportunity for me to represent nursing and raise the profile of clinical nurse specialists who are making a real difference.

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