Social care staff across the UK were among those honoured in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Care home managers and nurses were recognised for supporting other staff, saving lives through innovative treatments and going out of their way to provide care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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. Each and every one of those honoured today shows the very best of us – and I thank them all, alongside the rest of our wonderful health and care staff, for their service.”
Those honoured included:
Samantha Gallagher BEM, Nursing Home Manager and Registered Nurse, Stow Healthcare, (pictured with a resident) for services to social care during COVID-19
Sandra Payne MBE, Director of Nursing and Care Homes, Brunelcare, for services to social care.
Clare Thomas MBE, Home Manager, Ilford Park Polish Home, for services to residential social care for veterans during COVID-19.
Lynne Grieves BEM, Northlea Court Care Home, for services to nursing during COVID-19.
Additionally, four Bupa colleagues were awarded a BEM: Adam Tallis, General Manager at The Kensington; Emma-Karin ‘EK’ Gerdin-Miosga, Arts Facilitator at Wingham Court; Arie Darbandi, Resident Experience Manager at Bupa Arbrook House; and Ben Domah, General Manager at Bupa Hill House.
CareTech Foundation founder Farouq Sheikh was awarded an OBE for services to specialist social care.