Professor Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer for England is made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. This is great news and well deserved, and also fantastic for raising the profile of Healthcare Science.
Sue said she was “both humbled and absolutely overjoyed” to be made a dame for services to the 100,000 Genomes Project and added “Across my career I have had the privilege and honour of working with dedicated and committed healthcare professionals, patients and their families. This award is not so much about my individual contribution but a recognition and celebration of our joint efforts to transfer innovation in science through to patient care, especially as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.”
Professor Brendan Cooper, President of AHCS has added comments on Sue Hill’s commendation; “I have known and worked with Dame Prof Sue Hill for over 25 years in the NHS, I know of few people who have her vision, determination, drive and tenacity to grab an issue from ground level and deliver a skyscraper of success. The 100K Genomes Project has been testament to this. No other person could have driven, at great personal cost, such a world-leading step change in modern healthcare. If this wasn’t enough, Sue is also one of the most loyal, kind and supportive friends you could wish to have in a difficult situation. As healthcare scientists, we have needed her beacon of energetic enthusiasm to illuminate the healthcare world as to why healthcare scientists have to be more greatly recognised. Her inspirational example should empower us all to deliver an even better, more innovative, NHS in the next 70 years.”