GPs recognised in New Year Honours list

GPs, including the vice chair of the RCGP, were among those to receive awards in the 2017 New Year Honours list.

Professor Kamila Hawthorne was awarded an MBE (Photo: Pete Hill)
Professor Kamila Hawthorne was awarded an MBE (Photo: Pete Hill)

Professor Kamila Hawthorne, vice chair of professional development at the RCGP and clinical professor of medical education and associate dean for medicine at the University of Surrey, was awarded an MBE for services to general practice.

Alongside her role at the Universtiy of Surrey, Professor Hawthorne practises as a GP in Cardiff. She has been teaching undergraduate medical students since 1991 and has also worked with the RCGP for many years, representing the South East Wales faculty on college council since 2007. She is a previous chair of the RCGP’s Assessment and Curriculum Development Committee and is a current MRCGP examiner.

Professor Hawthorne said: 'This award is a tribute to all the professional colleagues I’ve worked with in general practice and community teams over the years, to provide the best possible service to disadvantaged patient groups. This experience is being put to good use in the design of a modern curriculum, aligned to the needs of patients and the NHS, for application for a new medical school at the University of Surrey.'

Professor Gene Feder a GP at the Helios Medical Centre in Bristol and professor of primary care at the University of Bristol, received an OBE for services to healthcare and victims of domestic abuse.

Professor Feder was a GP in Hackney, east London until he moved to Bristol in 2007. He was chair of primary care research and development at Barts and the London Medical School until 2008. He has chaired four NICE clinical guidelines and the WHO intimate partner violence guideline development group.

At the University of Bristol his research focus has been on the health impact of domestic violence and how healthcare professionals can respond to the needs of survivors and their children. He was the architect of IRIS, a domestic violence training and support programme for general practice, which is now commissioned in 38 areas in the UK.

Professor Feder said: 'I hope that this honour helps highlight the need for health services to respond to the needs of domestic violence survivors, and to do so in partnership with domestic violence service providers, most of whom are based in the voluntary sector and under sustained attack from cuts in public sector funding.'

Dr Michael Hegarty, chair of NHS Dudley CCG received an MBE for services to primary care. Dudley CCG was one of the first pathfinder CCGs in England and is also one of NHS England's vanguards for new care models.

Dr Hegarty said: ‘I feel extremely privileged to have been honoured with a MBE. In isolation I would not have made the achievements I have and I believe this honour is, attributable to the many committed people who I have had the pleasure of working with over the last 26 years. I would like to thank, my wife, family, colleagues and great GPs in Dudley for their support and also my patients for maintaining my passion for the NHS and primary care.’

Dr Siow Yen Andersen, North Leeds safeguarding lead and GP, received a BEM (British Empire Medal) for services to safeguarding children and prevention of domestic violence.

Dr Peter Dickson, a former senior policy adviser to the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS), received an MBE for services to primary care and the NCAS.

Dr Dickson has been involved throughout his career in GP training, appraisal, education and management. He was medical director of Bradford and Airedale Primary Care PCT for four years, after which he became senior policy adviser for the NCAS where he played a lead role in running the national Healthcare Professional Alert Notice system and as the NHS Litigation Authority’s responsible officer for doctors.

Dr Dickson said: ‘It’s an extraordinary, humbling experience to be recognised alongside some really remarkable people. To my mind, I have just followed my vocation in life, but it’s a great pleasure to be recognised for work that I have great passion for.’

Former GP Professor Keri Thomas, founder and national clinical lead of The National Gold Standards Framework Centre in End of Life Care received an OBE for services to end-of-life care. The Gold Standards Framework Centre started life as a grassroots initiative to improve palliative care in a handful of GP practices in Yorkshire and is now the UK's largest provider of end-of-life care training.

Awards to those working in healthcare made up 7% of this year's Honours List. Outside of general practice, David Behan the chief executive of the CQC received a knighthood for services to health and care. Cecilia Anmin, president of the Royal College of Nursing, received a CBE for services to women's health.

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