GPs recognised in 2015 Queen's birthday honours including seven-day GP pioneer

GPs have been recognised in the 2015 Queen's birthday honours including a CCG chairman who pioneered seven-day working.

Dr Harding receives a Queen's birthday honour Pic: Sandwell & west Birmingham CCG
Dr Harding receives a Queen's birthday honour Pic: Sandwell & west Birmingham CCG

Dr Nicholas Harding, chairman of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, was awarded an OBE for services to primary care.

He took on a number of challenging roles at a national and regional level such as co-chairing the specialised commissioning oversight group, medical education and chairing the reconfiguration of West Midlands’ stroke services.

He created a new partnership with Aston Medical School working with inner city schools to identify students who may have the aptitude and skills to go into medicine but need encouragement to realise their potential.

In 2008 he was a founding partner of the Vitality Partnership, a new kind of super partnership for GPs which brings together around 15 health centres and looks after 70,000 patients in Birmingham and Sandwell. In 2014 it became one of the prime minister’s Challenge Fund pilots for seven-day working.

Dr Harding said: ‘I have felt blessed to be supported in my work with friends, colleagues and family who have supported me along my journey. It’s a surprise and a privilege to be recognised in this way.’

Other honours

Also awarded an OBE was Buckinghamshire GP and NHS Confederation policy director Dr Johnny Marshall for services to general practice. He tweeted: 'thanks for everyone's best wishes on my OBE. the real honour is getting to work with you all in making the NHS great for everyone.'

GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul was made a CBE.

Birmingham GP Dr Clare Taylor was made an MBE for services to general practice. She is an academic GP at Birmingham University and a member of the RCGP’s Council. She was chairwoman of its Associates in Training Committee and went on to establish and lead the RCGP First5 programme which supports new GPs through the formative years of independent practice.

She tweeted: ‘I think it's one for everyone involved in AiT/First5, thanks for all you do.’  

GP Dr Maria-Luisa Pettigrew was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to international primary care.

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