New Year's honours for UCLH clinicians 

14/01/2015 00:00 
Two UCLH clinicians have been honoured for their services to health in the Queen’s Honours.
 

Professor Christopher Whitty was awarded a CB (Companion of the Order of the Bath) and Dr Tim Robson an OBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours.

Professor Whitty – a UCLH consultant and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for International Development - was recognised for his contribution to tropical medicine in the UK and Africa. He is also a former director of the Malaria Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Since joining the Hospital for Tropical Diseases at UCLH in 2001 and also contributing to the Acute Medical Service, Professor Whitty has also worked in Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, Yemen and Afghanistan. His focus has included  malaria, sleeping sickness and other diseases of poverty and, in the UK, on imported parasitic infections and Ebola.

He said:  “This award really represents the work of very many people, often working in difficult conditions in Africa and Asia. Thanks to all their work and that of many others, child mortality in Africa and Asia is dropping very rapidly- this is a terrific achievement for our generation.”

Dr Tim Robson, who is the clinical lead for the Pathway Homeless Healthcare Team at UCLH, was awarded an OBE for services to the homeless in Hertfordshire. For the past 25 years he has been involved with a Watford charity (www.newhope.org.uk) and opened a specialist general practice for homeless patients (www.meadowell.co.uk) eleven years ago.

As a result of his experience as a primary care specialist, he now supports the UCLH homeless team led by sisters Florence Cumberbatch and Trudy Boyce.

He said: “With the College of Medicine Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health, Pathway has set standards for homeless healthcare in both primary and secondary care settings and is working with the Royal College of Physicians to see homeless medicine recognised as a new specialty in its own right.

“Although this citation specifies my activities in Hertfordshire, it shows a recognition in general of the value of such services and those who work within them. I feel my experience with Pathway of working alongside colleagues offering world-class medical care at UCLH is all part of it.”

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