RCPCH members and others working in child health recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Queen’s Birthday Honours lists recognise the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people from across the UK. This year's list has been announced, and includes RCPCH members Dr Ramesh Mehta and Dr John McClure.

Dr Ramesh Mehta, an Honorary Fellow of the RCPCH, President of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and a consultant paediatrician at Bedford Hospital, receives an OBE for services to the NHS.

His passion to promote professional excellence and leadership, particularly within ethnic minority groups, led him to create a new voluntary body in 1996, The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO). It has become the most influential national organisation for BME Doctors. His various roles have included Chairman for the East of England Paediatric Development Group, Council member RCPCH, Vice Chair for MRCPCH part 2 Examination Board, Member of the standards setting group in paediatrics & neonatology of the  General Medical Council and Reviewer for Health Care Commission. 

He has worked passionately to improve healthcare provisions of Children not only nationally but also in developing countries. His efforts made it possible for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to take postgraduate exams to Asia. Dr Mehta was one of the main contributors in launching the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, of which he is now president. This organisation represents 1.2 million doctors of Indian Origin working all over the world. It has, while supporting doctors, undertaken several charitable health projects in developing countries. 

Dr John McClure, a RCPCH Senior Fellow, retired consultant paediatrician and former Deputy Medical Director in Ayrshire, receives an MBE for services to paediatric healthcare.  He became Chairman of the Scottish Cot Death Trust in 2002 has a particular interest in sudden infant death since the first Scottish survey was conducted (late 1970’s/early 1980’s.) He has been particularly concerned with ensuring that good support for bereaved families is available across Scotland. 

Dr McClure has been a driving force in establishing a system of case review of sudden unexpected infant death which operates in Scotland, and he chaired the multi-agency steering group which produced draft guidelines on management of SUDI; these were presented to the Scottish Government in December 2007.

The RCPCH also wishes to congratulate the following colleagues who have been honoured for their work with children and young people: 

  • Mrs Louise Claire Shepherd - Chief Executive, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, who receives a CBE for services to Healthcare.
  • Professor Carolyn Paula Hamilton - Director, International Programmes and Research, Coram Children's Legal Centre, who receives a DCBE for services to Children's Rights.
  • Gregory Mark Wood - Chairman, NSPCC, who receives a CBE for services to Children and Young People.
  • Dr Crystal Elizabeth Oldman - Chief Executive Queen's Nursing Institute, who receives a CBE for services to the Queen's Nursing Institute and Community Nursing.
  • Professor Brenda Elizabeth Simpson Gibson - Lead Clinician for Haematology and Oncology Service, Glasgow Royal Hospital for Children, who receives an OBE for services to Child Healthcare.
  • Miss Morag Dorothy Mackellar - Allied Health Professionals Children’s Services Manager, NHS Forth Valley, who receives an OBE or services to Dietetics, the Dietetic Profession and Public Health.
  • Paul Frank Soames - Lately Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Contact a Family, London, who receives an OBE for services to children.
  • Mrs Janet Dullaghan - Head of Commissioning for Children’s Health and Wellbeing, Peterborough Borough Council and Founder, Dreamdrops, who receives an MBE for services to children’s wellbeing.