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NHS Wales employees recognised in Queen’s New Year Honours

Written by on 31st December 2021

The Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan and Chief Executive for the NHS Wales Judith Paget have offered their congratulations to NHS Wales employees who have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Eight individuals from across NHS Wales have been awarded. The Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Frank Atherton has also been awarded a Knighthood for his role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister for Health and Social Services Eluned Morgan said:

“A huge congratulations to everyone in NHS Wales who has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours. It is good to see people recognised across many fields throughout Wales and those working on the frontline continue to do all they can to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and deliver vital care.  I want to thank every individual working within the NHS and social care sector for their continued care, commitment and dedication.

“I also want to pay tribute to Dr Frank Atherton who continues to play a vital role in tackling the ongoing pandemic and I’m pleased to see his work recognised.”

Chief Executive for NHS Wales Judith Paget said:

“Every day I see how hard staff are working within the NHS, and I’m delighted that some of those dedicated individuals have received a Queen’s New Year Honour. I know everyone within the NHS and across Wales will join me in sending our best wishes to those who have be recognised this year.”

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB’s lead community diabetes specialist nurse has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2022 New Year Honours.

Ceri Jones is a dedicated patient champion who empowers people with diabetes to have a healthy life without future complications.

Having first qualified as an RGN in 1986, it was four years later when Ceri became a district nurse that she began todevelop an interest in diabetes – and went on to become the second diabetes specialist nurse for Rhondda.

Through her work and time volunteering with local diabetes groups, Ceri supports those with complex diabetes needs to remain safe in the community, avoiding hospital admission wherever possible.

In support of this aim, she also established a primary care diabetes service, which has received outstanding patient feedback and has led to Ceri being asked to develop similar services in other localities within the Health Board.

The nomination and subsequent Honours award was quite the surprise for patient-focused Ceri.

“I was shocked – to me, I’m just doing my job,” Ceri said.

“I’ve always been the same – my boss has always said you should publish this or that – but it’s my job, it’s what I’m here to do, I just don’t think of it any other way.

“I thought there are so many other people out there who do more than me.

“When I had the letter I didn’t quite fully understand what it was – I left it until someone rang me from the Honours team and then I thought, oh this is real!

“It’s nice to be recognised but my team are there, doing the work too – they’re amazing.”

Ceri also works hard to ensure her colleagues and future diabetes professionals thrive. In addition to patient care, she has trained and supported GP practices in the Cynon Valley, and delivers a Primary Care Diabetes postgraduate course at the University of South Wales (temporarily on hold).​

She is dedicated to supporting and encouraging her own team in their achievements too, and established a diabetes specialist nurse competency programme.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Care Greg Dix said: “Ceri has made an outstanding contribution to diabetes support within our health board area. She combines her specialist knowledge with her passion for making patients’ lives better to deliver an exceptional level of care.

“As her colleagues say, Ceri is ‘one in a million’ and we are very proud to have her as a member of staff and friend here in Cwm Taf Morgannwg.”