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Honours: Celebrating Contributions To Health And Care

Una O'Brien, Department of Health Permanent Secretary, calls for nominations for 2015 New Year honours

Published on 20 February 2014

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by Una O'Brien CB


London, England

Who will you nominate?

Honours are a great way to recognise the achievements of ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Anyone can be put forward for an Honour – and anyone can nominate a person they think truly deserves this recognition.

The Department of Health is proud of all the people that work and contribute to the health and care system, and we want to champion them through the Honours system. Honours not only recognise the individual’s extraordinary achievements, they are also an inspiration to others and benefit the wider community.

Do you know someone – male, female, young or old – who goes above and beyond the call of duty every day? In the Department of Health we are looking for nominations for people who work for, volunteer or have made an outstanding contribution at any level within the health and care system.

Who do you know that fits the bill?

You could be a colleague impressed by the work of another; a member of the public seeing the impact of a nurse or midwife; a trust board wanting recognition for an outstanding volunteer or leader, or perhaps a healthcare charity that wants to acknowledge an exceptional colleague. Status or seniority isn’t important – what matters is what the person has done and the impact they have had on people’s health and care over a sustained period of time.

If they are making a positive difference in the health and care sector then we want to know about them.

The Department of Health also wants to encourage nominees from all backgrounds and would especially like to see greater numbers of women and more people from black and ethnic minorities being recognised for their achievements. Remember, the only way to ensure that all parts of the health sector are represented on any honours list is for us to receive nominations.

In recent years, the Department of Health has put forward successful nominees who were recognised right across the country. Here we highlight three people who were recognised for going that extra mile:

Allyson Kaye founded Ovarian Cancer Action in 2003 as a small trust campaigning for women with the disease. Through her dedication and tireless efforts she transformed this small local trust into the UK’s first-ever research facility, which is entirely dedicated to ovarian cancer and now houses over 40 distinguished scientists. Allyson received an MBE for her services to people with ovarian cancer.

‘It was a wonderful surprise to open the letter from the Cabinet Office and see that I had been nominated for this award.’ - Allyson Kaye MBE

Dr Theo Weston has been working in a voluntary capacity for over 20 years and has treated hundreds of road accident victims. In 1994 he set up the BEEP Fund Ltd (Birbeck Emergency Equipment for Patients) to raise money for life-saving equipment. In the last 4-5 years, he has attended more than 100 emergency call-outs per year, at any time of the day or night. Theo received an MBE for his services to victims of trauma.

‘It was a huge surprise which came totally out of the blue. You always hear about other people being recognised and never thought that it would be you.’ - Dr Theo Weston MBE

Cecily Gilbert has been involved in running the volunteer library at the Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust for over 50 years. She has spent many hours ensuring that patients have a good range of quality books available for their enjoyment. Cecily received an BEM for her services to the community.

‘I was stunned by the fantastic news.’ - Cecily Gilbert BEM

See information on how to nominate someone and nomination form.


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Posted 2014-02-20 13:36:00