Alder Hey stars recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Alder Hey stars recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Alder Hey stars recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

9th Oct 2020

Alder Hey is proud to announce that Professor Calum Semple and Hilda Gwilliams have been recognised with an OBE and MBE respectively in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Calum Semple, who is consultant respiratory paediatrician at Alder Hey joined Alder Hey’s respiratory team in 2002 and has been awarded with an OBE for his services to the COVID-19 response.

As a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), Professor Semple has played a key role in advising the UK Government on COVID-19. He also leads a major national COVID-19 research study and has appeared regularly as an expert in the media throughout the pandemic.

Calum has been a Professor of Child Health and Outbreak Medicine at the University of Liverpool since 1999.

Hilda Gwilliams, has been awarded an MBE for services to nursing in the NHS.

Hilda joined Alder Hey in 2013 as Deputy Director of Nursing and was appointed as Chief Nurse in 2017. She started her career in the NHS as an Enrolled Nurse in 1982 before progressing to a dual qualified Registered Nurse. In addition to her professional registrations Hilda has attained an MSc in Health and Social Care from Edge Hill University. Hilda has worked in a variety of settings spanning maternity, children and adult acute services throughout the North West region.

In March 2020, Hilda was invited by NHS Improvement and England to join the clinical leadership team establishing the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Manchester in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hilda took up this secondment and has subsequently retired from her role at Alder Hey.

Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “Congratulations from everyone at Alder Hey to Calum Semple OBE. We are delighted that Calum’s leading and expert contribution to tackling the Covid-19 pandemic has been recognised in this way. Calum is a leading academic and clinician who has worked tirelessly on behalf of children and young people in the UK and across the globe throughout his career.  Thank you for everything you have done Calum and we celebrate this recognition of your work.

“And we are absolutely delighted that Hilda Gwilliams, our former Chief Nurse, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.  Hilda’s whole career has been dedicated to delivering the best possible care and during her years at Alder Hey made huge contribution to the care and welfare of children and young people in the UK and beyond. This Honour is hugely deserved for one of country’s top nurses and for her contribution across her career.”

Professor Semple said: “I am delighted to be honoured by this award and wish to express my profound gratitude for the support of my clinical research colleagues. They include dedicated research nurses, volunteer medical students and my collaborators at our great hospitals and universities.

“It is sobering to reflect on the impact of HIV, Ebola and now COVID-19 on people’s health, societal wellbeing and the economies of affected countries. This has driven my work with the International Severe Acute Respiratory and emerging Infection Consortium (ISARIC) to prevent illness and death from infectious disease outbreaks. This award suggests we have succeeded in some measure.”

Congratulations to both Calum and Hilda on behalf of everyone at Alder Hey.

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