By Integrated Care Journal-
Health and social care staff and volunteers across the UK have been celebrated in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours which highlighted their incredible work during the pandemic.
In total, 1,495 people will receive the delayed honours across the UK, 14 per cent of which are health and social care workers. Those receiving recognition include 41 nurses and midwives in celebration of the World Health Organisation’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
Care home managers, nurses, GPs, surgeons, volunteers and more are also on the list. Those who helped to support other staff during the peak of the crisis and saved lives through innovative treatments have been particularly recognised during this unprecedented global health emergency.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “I am humbled by the dedication, ingenuity and passion shown by these NHS and social care staff and volunteers. Throughout this terrible pandemic, they have helped to save and improve the lives of patients, care home residents and their fellow NHS staff across the UK. It is also brilliant to see ambulance service staff recognised this year for their exceptional work. ”
Alongside the Queen’s Birthday Honours, the Department of Health and Social Care has published the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medals.
The medals recognise individuals working in the ambulance services for their distinguished service, exceptional devotion to duty, outstanding ability and exemplary conduct. Three people in England and Wales will receive a medal, with one in Northern Ireland.
Mr Hancock continued his praise for the NHS workers stating that “each and every one of those honoured today shows the very best of us – and I thank them all, alongside the rest of our wonderful health and care staff, for their service. ”