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Honours - Recognising the achievements of ordinary people who do extraordinary things

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viv bennett photoIt may come as a surprise to you but finding a good, representative number of nurses, midwives and AHPs to receive the nation’s gratitude and recognition through an honour can prove a difficult job. This is not because there aren’t plenty of practitioners and leaders doing amazing work out there but rather because we don’t always know about them unless we get told by you. So to change this we need your help.

The honours system is used to reward those who really make a difference to people’s lives through their contributions to practice, education, research and leadership. This could be in public health, the NHS, Social Services or other healthcare settings. Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals are often at the forefront of improvements, innovation and exceptional care and we want to be able to both recognise and reward these exemplary individuals.

If you know of a deserving colleague who has inspired you, made a big difference to the lives of those they care for and has had an impact in their community, nationally or internationally, then why not give them the recognition they deserve. It will mean a great deal to that individual, their family, the people they’ve cared for and will be a wonderful boost for their team.

A good citation is a determining factor in the decision process and so it is important you read the instructions and understand what qualities need to be demonstrated to achieve success in the process.

We are currently undertaking a trawl for the New Year’s 2015 Honours round and if you would like to nominate someone please go to DH Honours guidance and forms . The deadline for nominations is 31st March 2014.

If you have previously nominated an individual who has not yet been recognised, please review the citation, as there may be further worthwhile information to add.

Read what the head civil servant at the Department of Health has to say at DH Permanent Secretary blog

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