Published on 3 January 2019

Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity among healthcare professionals recognised in the NHS’s 70th year.

In what is the NHS’s 70th year, dozens of NHS staff have been recognised in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list, including 15 leading nurses, an array of doctors, dentists, physiotherapists and other health professionals, and those who led the response to terror attacks and major incidents.

The awards include an OBE for Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity.

NHS England chair, Lord Prior, said: “These are remarkable people doing extraordinary things for their fellow citizens. The NHS is a unique organisation which has won the hearts and minds of all of us for over 70 years, but its success depends wholly on the people who work in it. Those who have been honoured for their service this year honour us all. Many, many congratulations to them.”

The large number of NHS staff included in the New Year’s Honours list at both local and national level follows the Queen’s Birthday Honours last year, which saw 64 awards go to health professionals across the country, ranging from long-serving midwives to the Chief Scientific Officer, Professor Dame Sue Hill.

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