Queen's bday

Double birthday honours for University of Nottingham medics

Friday, 11 June 2021

A leading expert in dermatology and an internationally recognised children’s nursing trailblazer from the University of Nottingham, have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Hywel Williams

Hywel Williams, Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology & Co-Director of the Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology in the School of Medicine at the University; honorary consultant paediatric dermatologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust; and former Director of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE). He has received the award for services to the national Covid-19 research response and his lifelong research into skin diseases.

In his role as NIHR HTA Director and more recently as NIHR Scientific and Coordinating Centre Programmes Contracts Advisor, Professor Williams worked tirelessly to galvanise a joined-up research response to the pandemic. He was, and still is, a key advisor to a number of funding and oversight groups set up to help manage the Covid-19 research response, and to ensure that effective treatments reach NHS patients in record time.

Professor Hywel Williams

Within dermatology, Professor Williams contributed to national guidance on shielding for patients taking immunosuppressive medications at the request of the Chief Medical Officer. He co-ordinated efforts to ensure consistent advice to people with eczema on how to handwash during the pandemic; producing a training video which has been used worldwide

Outside of the pandemic, Professor Williams is one of the most cited dermatologists in the world. He is a champion of patient and public involvement in research and for promoting an independent and evidence-based approach for people with skin problems. In 1998 he founded the Centre for Evidence-based Dermatology and in 2013 he was awarded a higher doctorate (DSc) for his international research into the causes and treatment of eczema. In 2014, he was nominated to become a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and in July 2017, he was awarded the Sir Archibald Gray medal by the British Association of Dermatologists, the Medal is the highest accolade for outstanding services to British dermatology.

Well, this came as a bit of a shock, but it feels good to be appreciated. I owe so much to the wonderful people that I work with at the NIHR, the University and the Trust. At the end of the day, whether it is research about Covid-19 or dermatology, our teamwork is all about enabling people to benefit from unbiased high quality evidence to make informed choices.”
Professor Williams

Dr Joseph Manning, a registered children’s nurse and clinical academic nurse leader at the University, has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Nursing.

Dr Manning has a strong and growing national and international profile within the fields of nursing, paediatric critical care, and clinical academic capacity and capability development. He was the first registered children’s nurse in the UK to be awarded an NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship. In 2020, was recognised by the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for England with a CNO Gold award for his lifetime leadership and contribution to Clinical Academic Careers and Nursing Research (2020).

As a committed children’s nurse, Dr Manning continues to have meaningful concurrent engagement in clinical practice and research. He holds a frontline care role as Charge Nurse for Paediatric Critical Care Outreach, senior leadership roles as Clinical Associate Professor at Nottingham Children’s Hospital and Deputy Lead of the centre for Children and Young People’s Health Research (CYPHR), and academic roles, between Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham.

Dr Joseph Manning

Through his clinical and academic activities, he is committed to enhancing the quality, experience and outcomes for children, young people and their families. He leads a clinically focused programme of research that has demonstrable impact on the experiences, outcomes and lives of children, young people and their families that access acute care.

Dr Manning said: ““It is such a huge honour to be recognised by the Queen for my contribution to nursing, which is a profession and vocation that I absolutely love and am proud to be part of. As a clinical academic children’s nurse I have the pleasure of doing a job that I am passionate and committed to, and that affords opportunity to improve the outcomes and lives of children and their families through clinical, research, and leadership activities.

“I work with some of the most talented and amazing individuals, teams and families across different organisations that inspire me to dream big and challenge the status quo to enhance the profile and impact of nurses and nursing. This award is testament to the support of my family, patients, colleagues and leaders at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust/ University of Nottingham and beyond.”

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