An NHS trust chief executive and hospital nurse have been named in the New Year’s Honours.
The boss of Barts Health NHS Trust, Alwen Williams, is to be made a dame in recognition of her inspiring leadership while nurse Anne Claydon is to receive a British Empire Medal (BEM).
Barts operates from four main hospitals: The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s, Whipps Cross and Newham.
Anne, who has worked at Newham Hospital since 1994, thought it was a joke when she first heard of her award.
Now the reality has sunk in, she said: “I feel very honoured and humbled to receive such an honour, especially given the fact that I couldn’t do any of my work without the fantastic support of those I work with.
“The doctors and nurses at Newham Hospital, and across Barts Health are brilliant, hardworking dedicated individuals.