Revolutionary NHS staff ‘overwhelmed’ with recognition in King’s Birthday Honours

By Kelsey McCabe

Two healthcare professionals have been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours list for their revolutionary work in respiratory medicine and gynaecology.

Two staff members from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Jane Davies and Debra Holloway, were awarded for their dedication to providing quality healthcare to the public.

Professor Davies, honorary consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea, and professor of paediatric respiratory medicine and experimental medicine at Imperial College London, in Kensington, has been awarded an OBE for her revolutionary research in cystic fibrosis treatments.

Throughout her career, Professor Davies has revolutionised treatments for people with cystic fibrosis. 

Her research focuses on designing global clinical trials for ground-breaking treatments, known as CFTR modulator drugs, which the underlying, genetic causes of cystic fibrosis.

These treatments are now licensed in the UK and suitable for around 85 to 90 per cent of people with cystic fibrosis, including one drug which can be prescribed to newborn babies.

Professor Davies said: “It is an incredible honour to have been nominated for this award by members of the cystic fibrosis community. 

“The evolution in clinical care over the last few decades means life for many living with the condition is longer and of greater quality, but these advances do not benefit all people equally and there is much left to do.

“I am privileged to work with passionate and dedicated colleagues in multidisciplinary clinical and research roles at Imperial College and Royal Brompton Hospital, my heartfelt thanks goes to them for their tireless teamwork.”

Debra Holloway, a recently retired gynaecology nurse consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, was awarded an MBE for 25 years of service to women’s health.

Ms Holloway said: “I am delighted and honoured to get an MBE, so lovely to be given this in recognition of my work in women’s health both inside and outside of the Trust. 

“I have been overwhelmed by the kind words that have been sent to me.”

A colleague, Claudia Tye, said: “Debra is a dedicated nurse with a passion for women’s health and improving patient care through advanced nursing. 

“She is nationally revered, and adored by colleagues and patients for her enthusiasm and commitment to women’s health, and for her tremendous kindness. 

“This award acknowledges her unwavering commitment to developing and raising the profile of specialist and advanced nursing.”

Pictured top: Debra Holloway, Jane Davies (Picture: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust)

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