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End of life care specialists recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Author: Leila Hawkins
12 June 2018
  • Ryan Campbell, CEO of Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Executives, chairs and nurses specialising in end of life care are among those who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The CEO of Demelza Hospice Care for Children in Kent, Ryan Campbell, has been awarded a CBE for services to improving mental health provision in England and Wales.

Ryan has received the honour for his role as Chair of the national mental health charity Mind, a position he has had for the last six years. He has overseen the charity’s governance at a time of unprecedented development in the challenging of stigma around mental health problems and increased public and political attention on the nation’s mental health.

He has also been Chief Executive of Demelza Hospice Care since 2015, and has been pivotal in driving forward the charity’s five year strategy, with the aim of doubling the number of children with terminal conditions it cares for by 2021.

On receiving the CBE, Ryan said:

“I truly believe that people who experience mental health problems (of whom I am one) and those around them have brought about one of the most significant and positive changes in our society in our generation, in terms of the acceptance and understanding of mental health problems and the support available.  I have been part of that change, but a tiny part, a voice amongst millions.  To be associated with that movement by this award is a deeply meaningful honour.  But we are nowhere near done, we need to go much further for people with mental health problems to get the support and respect they (we) deserve and need.  For me this award is a spur to keep going.”

The former treasurer of Jersey Hospice Care, Ian Richardson, has received an MBE for his years of service to the hospice.

Ian originally joined the hospice’s Council of Trustees for a term of three years, but ended up staying for a total of 26. During this time he saw the hospice undergo a multi-million transformation from being housed in a bungalow to moving to its current building incorporating a 12 bed in-patient unit.

John Powell, National Lead for End of Life Care at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, has been awarded an MBE for services to vulnerable people. Commenting on Twitter, John said:

“I am very humbled by this honour and give thanks to all who have worked with me over the years to try and make a difference to the lives of people in need. Thank you.”

Over 30 nurses have been honoured in this year’s list, including Debra Smith, specialist in palliative cancer care at Wythenshawe Hospital, part of the Manchester University Foundation Trust. Debra is the manager of the hospital’s Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre. She has received a BEM for services to nursing.

Ms Olga Bannister has received a BEM for services to people with motor neurone disease and their carers. A retired physiotherapist, Olga is the branch contact for the South Yorkshire Motor Neurone Disease Association. After her husband Neville died of the condition in 2001 she started volunteering for the association, and for the past 15 years she has been an association visitor, helping to ensure that people living with Motor Neurone Disease, as well as their families and carers, receive appropriate services.

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