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Contributions to nursing rewarded in birthday honours

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Cheryll Adams, founder of the Institute of Health Cheryll Adams, founder of the Institute of Health Visiting

Fifteen nurses, educators and health visitors have been awarded honours in recognition of their contribution to healthcare, as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday honours.

Cheryll Adams, the founding director of the Institute of Health Visiting, was awarded a CBE for her role in setting up the organisation. The Institute was founded in 2012 to raise standards in health visiting through research and education, and to reduce inequalities in health.

‘I am humbled and delighted by this very special honour and that the vital importance of health visiting has been recognised in this way,’ said Ms Adams. ‘I loved every minute of my 20 years as a health visitor in Hampshire and I am fortunate to now be in a position to influence outcomes for families nationwide through the Institute of Health Visiting.’

Rose Gallagher, the RCN’s professional lead for infection prevention and control, has also been awarded an MBE for services to nursing, infection prevention and control. Ms Gallagher led the infection control nursing team at Stoke Mandeville Hospital through the outbreak of Clostridium difficule between 2003 and 2005.

‘Thank you to everyone for the kind words and congratulations on my MBE,’ Ms Gallagher tweeted. ‘A huge honour, great for nursing, infection prevention and the RCN. Congratulations to everyone honoured.’

Ruth Northway, RCN Fellow and Chair of the RCN Research Society, has received an OBE for services to learning disability nursing in both community and residential settings.

Pauline Watts, the national lead nurse for quality, mental health, learning disability and dementia at Public Health England, has been awarded an OBE in recognition of her significant contribution to nursing services and health visiting.

Professor Ian Peate, head of the Gibraltar School of Health, and editor-in-chief of IN's sister journal the British Journal of Nursing, received an OBE for services to nursing. 'I am honoured and humbled,’ said Profssor Peate. ‘The profession has so many people deserving of such an award. Having practised as an enrolled nurse and then worked my way up the ladder, this accolade is truly something I am proud of. I am passionate about nursing, as are many more nurses who would be just as worthy of such an award.’

‘Nursing is one of the UK’s most vital and treasured professions and it’s wonderful to see it recognised in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List,’ said Janet Davies, chief executive of the RCN. ‘I am so proud of all these remarkable nurses; who each represent the profound impact just one nurse can have on the lives of so many.’

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