Two NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Staff have been awarded titles in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year.
Dr Kerri Neylon, Deputy Medical Director for Primary Care for NHSGGC, has been awarded an OBE for outstanding contribution to Health and Social care, and Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s recently retired Chief Nurse, John Stuart, has received an MBE for his contribution to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
The list, published annually, recognises the achievements and services of people across the UK, from all walks of life.
Both Kerri and John have spent their careers working within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, helping deliver high-quality person-centred care to thousands of patients over the years, while also shaping the model of care being delivered across the health service at an acute and primary care level. More latterly, both have been heavily involved in helping NHSGGC provide a robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kerri, who graduated from Medicine at the University of Glasgow in 1988, has had a highly illustrious career, initially working across Glasgow hospitals and achieving a Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons. In 2002, she moved into primary care, and completed her GP training, gaining membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners alongside a Diploma of Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In 2005 she became a GP partner in Maryhill until 2018 when she moved to become a partner at Dr Mair and Partners in Cardonald, where she currently practices as a GP. Along the way Kerri was also appointed Clinical Director for Glasgow City HSCP (North West) and subsequently took on several Board roles within Primary care, culminating in being made permanent Deputy Medical Director for Primary Care in 2020. She also currently chairs the national Primary Care Leads group.
John started his training as a student nurse within Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary (GRI) in 1982, and practiced as a nurse within the GRI for a number of years before moving onto more senior positions within NHSGGC. Along the way, he completed psychiatric nurse training at Gartnavel Royal and completed a Masters in Nursing in 2014. Before taking up the responsibility as Chief Nurse for the North Sector in 2015, John also fulfilled roles as a Divisional Nurse and then Head of Nursing for Regional Services. Aside from his career within NHSGGC, John is also a trustee with the Glasgow based charity Revive MS Support and is a founding trustee of the charity Friends of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
Commenting, John said: "I am very grateful and proud to receive this recognition following a personally rewarding 39 year career in nursing. Nursing is in my blood and starting out as a student nurse working at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and then finishing my career there as Chief Nurse was an honour and a privilege. Like many, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the biggest challenge of our careers and the dedication and determination shown by my colleagues on a daily basis was nothing short of incredible. We pulled together like never before. The team at Glasgow Royal and indeed my colleagues across NHS GGC are like family to me and this honour is in recognition of each and every one of them."
Kerri Neylon said: “It is a real honour to be recognised for this award and completely unexpected. I have been extremely lucky throughout my career to have worked in a number teams locally in my GP Practice and wider Primary Care, alongside HSCPs, with the NHSGGC senior team, and at a national level. My own contributions to health and social care wouldn’t have been possible without these experiences, and specifically what I’ve learned from working with such a fantastic group of, dedicated, committed, hard-working and supportive colleagues since my career began. As such, I’d like to thank them, particularly now, given how hard everyone has worked over the past 18 months to respond to what is an unprecedented time for all of us, especially those working in health and social care.”
Pictured: Dr Kerri Neylon