The King’s first New Year Honours have been announced, and include a range of professionals supporting paediatrics and child health.
Dr Camilla Kingdon, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said:
We are really pleased to see that two paediatricians from Northern Ireland have been awarded honours this year.
We know this year has been tough and these honours stand testament to their hard work now and throughout their careers.
Our heartfelt congratulations go to Professor Francis Casey - Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist for services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland, and Dr Alison Florence Livingstone - Paediatrician, Northern Health and Social Care Trust for services to Safeguarding Children in Northern Ireland.
Furthermore, to see Michael Marmot and Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah included in the King’s Honours underlines the importance of tackling inequalities for children, including through public health and air quality. These honours are so richly deserved. We look forward to working with them in the future.
There are of course a wider group individuals from charities, science, and research supporting children and families across the country, thank you for all you do for children and young people. In particular we’d like to thank
- Dr Mary Ramsay, Director of Public Health Services at the UKHSA who receives an OBE for services to public health,
- Professor Lyn Chitty (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) who has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for services to medicine - and she is the UK’s only Professor of Genetics and Fetal Medicine.
- Dr Ramesh Mehta, an RCPCH Hon Fellow, founder of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and retired paediatrician, who receives a CBE for services to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).