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Leaders in healthcare recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

Leaders in healthcare recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

The head of NHS Confederation, a local transformation leader and a leading commissioner have all been awarded for their services to healthcare in the Queen’s birthday honours list
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The head of NHS Confederation, a local transformation leader and a leading commissioner have all been awarded for their services to healthcare in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, received a CBE for his services to patient safety as chief executive of the General Medical Council.

Mr Dickson was chief executive of the GMC for seven years between 2010 and the end of 2016 before taking on his current role in early 2017.

NHS Confederation chair, Stephen Dorrell, said Mr Dickson has ‘worked tirelessly’ in the interest of patient safety.

He said: ‘His strong leadership and record of innovation have been hallmarks of every organisation he has led, from the King’s Fund to the GMC and now, of course, at the NHS Confederation.

‘Providers and commissioners of care will find no one better to represent them at a time of unprecedented levels of pressure.’

Louise Shepherd, chief executive of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, has also been awarded a CBE for her services to healthcare.

Besides her role at the foundation trust, Ms Shepherd has led the Cheshire and Merseyside sustainability and transformation partnership.

She said: ‘I feel very honoured to have been part of such an incredible team here at Alder Hey.  Their passion for working with children and young people to do everything we can to improve their health is inspirational.’

The honour of a CBE also went to Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, for her services to health policy, and Professor Graham Watt, chair of General Practice at the University of Glasgow for his services to healthcare.

Professor Watt was awarded a lifetime achievement award at Cogora’s General Practice Awards last year.

Dr Nikita Kanani, chair of NHS Bexley CCG, and Izzi Seccombe, chair of the Local Government Association, were both awarded OBEs.

Dr Kanani was honoured for her services to primary care as head of one of the country’s flagship seven-day GP access schemes.

Mrs Seccombe was given the award for her services to local government, having been a staunch supporter of local government’s voice in sustainability and transformation planning.

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