Health and social care staff recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours


Latest Queen’s Birthday Honours list recognises incredible work of health and social care staff and volunteers.

Health and social care staff and volunteers across the UK have been celebrated in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours, with their incredible work during the pandemic particularly highlighted.

From the 1,495 number of people receiving honours across the UK, 14% are health and social care workers. This includes 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 on the list, who have helped to support other staff during the crisis, save lives through innovative treatments and have gone out of their way to provide care during this unprecedented global health emergency.

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 distinguished service, characterised by exceptional devotion to duty, outstanding ability, merit and exemplary conduct. Three people in England and Wales will receive a medal, with one in Northern Ireland.

Brunelcare’s Director of Nursing and Care Homes, Sandra Payne, who has been recognised with an MBE

This includes Brunelcare’s Director of Nursing and Care Homes, Sandra Payne, who has been recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Awarded for services to social care and response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sandra has dedicated much of her career to the sector.

Qualifying as a nurse in 1986 at the Bath School of Nursing, Sandra worked in acute medical wards and specialised in cardiology at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

She went on to work as a District Nurse in south Bristol, before joining Brunelcare in 1993 on a part time basis as her children grew up.

Since then, Sandra has gone on to manage one of the charity’s care homes, and lead on clinical excellence, before being appointed Director of Nursing and Care Homes in 2019.

Brunelcare’s Chief Executive, Oona Goldsworthy, said: “As a nurse Sandra has dedicated her career to caring for others. For that alone she is a worthy recipient of this honour. This year, however, Sandra has played a pivotal role in our response to Covid-19. She has done so calmly, showing real leadership in the most challenging of circumstances

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.

“Each and every one of those honoured today show the very best of us – and I thank them all, alongside the rest of our wonderful health and care staff, for their service.”


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