GPs among those recognised in New Year's Honours

GPs were among those to be recognised in this year's New Year's Honours list.

Professor Louise Robinson received a damehood (Photo: Newcastle University)
Professor Louise Robinson received a damehood (Photo: Newcastle University)

Professor Louise Robinson, professor of primary care and ageing and director of the Institute for Ageing at Newcastle University was awarded a damehood for services to primary care.

Professor Robinson’s research focuses on helping people remain healthy and independent for as long as possible and facilitating health ageing. She has contributed to more than 120 peer reviewed research papers in this area and been the RCGP’s national clinical champion for ageing on two occasions. She is about to lead a £2m global health research programme focusing on care and prevention of dementia.

Professor Robinson said: ‘I am overwhelmed and absolutely delighted to be recognised in this way for what, to me, has been not a job but a lifelong passion to improve the care of older people, especially those living with dementia.’

Other GPs to receive awards included:

  • Professor Willie Hamilton, professor of primary care diagnostics at Exeter University, was awarded a CBE for services to improving early cancer diagnosis.
  • Professor Richard Hobbs, director of the National Institute for Health Research School (NIHR) for Primary Care Research and professor of primary care health sciences at the University of Oxford, received a CBE for services to medical research.
  • Dr Pauline Hutchison, a retired GP and founder of the charity Medcare, which runs a paediatric community medical centre in rural Uganda caring for the health needs of half a million children, was awarded an MBE for services to children in Uganda.
  • Dr Richard Lewis the national professional lead for primary care at the Welsh government and NHS Wales received an MBE for services to healthcare. Dr Lewis was the BMA’s Welsh secretary for 12 years before taking up his post at NHS Wales and a GP in south Wales.
  • Dr Heather Potter a GP at Skewen Medical Centre in Neath Port Talbot in south Wales and area clinical director for Neath, Port Talbot and Bridgend, was awarded a British Empire medal (BEM) for services to healthcare.
  • Dr Nick Roberts, chief clinical officer for South Devon and Torbay CCG, received an MBE for services to general practice.

New Year's Honours

Professor Hamilton was clinical lead on NICE’s guidance NG12, Referral for Suspected Cancer, and his team has also produced risk assessment tools for all major adult cancers to help support GP referral and diagnosis. He is currently leading Exeter University’s contribution to a Cancer Research UK-funded study looking at which cancer tests could be moved safely to primary care and also on a large randomised trial – the ERICA trial – which examines the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of electronic clinical decision support for cancer integrated into GP clinical systems.

‘This CBE recognises the whole team here,’ Professor Hamilton said. ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to bits. Now we’re full steam ahead into 2019. Our country’s cancer survival rates are getting better but that’s not enough. We want to be leading the way.’

Professor Hobbs, who also works as a GP in an inner-city practice, has research interests focused on cardiovascular epidemiology, especially relating to vascular and stroke risk. He is also the president of the European Primary Care Cardiovascular Society. Last year he was the recipient of the RCGP Discovery Prize, which is awarded every three years for outstanding research in general practice that has helped transform healthcare and the wellbeing of patients.

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