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Honours from Her Majesty the Queen for two Nottingham Nurses

Honours from Her Majesty the Queen for two Nottingham University Hospital Nurses

We are incredibly pleased that two of our staff have been recognised in Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday honours, for their significant contribution to nursing.

Professor Mandie Sunderland our Chief Nurse until December 2020 has been awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to nursing and Dr Joseph Manning, a registered children’s nurse and clinical-academic nurse leader from our Children’s Hospital, has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal, for services to Nursing, by Her Majesty the Queen in her 2021 Birthday Honours.

Professor Sunderland career spanned 35 years with a clinical background in critical care nursing, followed by a move into practice development.  She held operational and teaching roles, and spent two years on secondment to the Department of Health in a national role leading nursing quality.  Before retiring she held five Director of Nursing posts around the country, including Northern Ireland.

Tracy Taylor, Chief Executive at Nottingham University Hospitals said: “I’m incredibly pleased and proud to hear of the honours awarded to Mandie and Joseph.”

“Mandie retired from her role as Chief Nurse with us in December 2020.  Mandie, a nurse of 35 years, had an incredible passion and enthusiasm for nursing and it could be felt throughout our organisation during her time with us.  I can’t think of a better way to mark her contribution to nursing, and the NHS, than being awarded a CBE.”

Joseph holds a frontline care role as Charge Nurse for Paediatric Critical Care Outreach, senior leadership roles as Clinical Associate Professor at Nottingham Children’s Hospital and Deputy Lead of the centre for Children and Young People’s Health Research (CYPHR), and academic roles, between Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham.  He has a strong national and international profile within nursing, paediatric critical care and he is recognised as a trailblazer in clinical academic nursing. He was the first registered children’s nurse in the UK to be awarded an NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship. In 2020, he was recognised by Ruth May, the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for England, with a CNO Gold award for his lifetime leadership and contribution to Clinical Academic Careers and Nursing Research (2020).

Joseph was part of the leadership team at Nottingham Children’s Hospital in achieving ANCC Pathway to Excellence ® designation (which means being internationally recognised as an excellent place for nurses to work, with high job satisfaction, professional opportunity and retention, which enables our staff to deliver outstanding patient care). Nottingham Children’s Hospital is the first and only children’s hospital in Europe to receive this accreditation.

Dr Joseph Manning, NIHR/HEE ICA Clinical Lecturer; Chief Investigator – NIHR OCEANIC Study, Clinical Associate Professor in Children, Young People & Families Nursing; Charge Nurse, Paediatric CCOT, Co-Lead for Children and Young People’s Health Research said:  “To be honoured with an MBE is something I never dreamed of, so I am truly humbled to have been nominated.  I feel extremely proud to have been recognised by the Queen in this way.

It is such a huge honour to be recognised by the Queen for my contribution to nursing, which is a profession and vocation that I absolutely love and am proud to be part of. 

As a clinical academic children’s nurse I have the pleasure of doing a job that I am passionate and committed to, and that affords opportunity to improve the outcomes and lives of children and their families through clinical, research, and leadership activities. 

I work with some of the most talented and amazing individuals, teams and families across different organisations that inspire me to dream big and challenge the status quo to enhance the profile and impact of nurses and nursing.  This award is testament to the support of my family, patients, colleagues and leaders at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust/ University of Nottingham and beyond.”

Michelle Rhodes, Chief Nurse and Director of Infection, Prevention and Control at Nottingham University Hospitals said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Joseph, which recognises his significant contribution and commitment to generating and advancing nursing science to achieve excellence in the care, experience and outcomes of children, young people and their families.

Joseph, who was awarded the first Paediatric NIHR/HEE Integrated Clinical Academic Clinical Lecturer in the UK in 2019, has been a strong research leader for children, young people and families research at NUH over the last 10 years and has inspired and supported others here and across the UK to build their own clinical academic careers.

More recently, Joseph’s excellent work was recognised by the CNO for England Ruth May and was awarded a CNO Gold Award. His research on the Oceanic study, which aims to explore the Outcomes of Children and families in the first year after paediatric Intensive Care was also recently recognised in the CNO for England Covid 19 Nursing Research Portfolio.”




Additional information about Professor Mandie Sunderland:

Under Mandie’s leadership, rewarding and recognising our nurses has gone from strength to strength. In 2020, months before he retirement Nottingham City Hospital gained global recognition and became the only hospital in the UK - and only the second in Europe - to be Magnet® accredited by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) and Nottingham Children’s Hospital (NCH) became the first children's hospital in Europe to achieve the Pathway to Excellence ® accreditation from the ANCC.  NUH has one of the most active Shared Governance programmes in the country and.

Mandie’s achievements at NUH include:

  • Magnet and Pathway to Excellence Accreditation for the City Hospital and Nottingham Children’s Hospital respectively,
  • Shared Governance,
  • Integrated Discharge Team – including training for teams across NUH re: excellence in discharge practice,
  • ‘Outstanding’ for end of life care for patients and their families (City Hospitals)
  • Strong digital culture (how the Trust embraces technology to improve safety and quality of care),
  • Led on several key patient safety initiatives including: 30% reduction in Clostridium difficile (infection rates at Nottingham’s hospitals are now at their lowest on record)     


Additional information about Joseph Manning:

Through his clinical and academic activities, Joseph is committed to enhancing the quality, experience and outcomes for children, young people and their families. He leads a clinically focused programme of research that has demonstrable impact on the experiences, outcomes and lives of children, young people and their families that access acute care.

Specifically this includes understanding and supporting: the holistic needs of children and families in the short- and long-term after critical illness, the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people admitted to acute paediatric inpatient care, and safe and effective transitions of infants, children and young people between services and pathways of care. He was part of the international team that first conceptualised Post-Intensive Care Syndrome in paediatrics (PICS-p) which has had significant utility in clinical practice and research.

He is currently leading the only multi-centre study globally that is comprehensively exploring the outcome trajectories of children and their families following childhood critical illness/injury across physical, cognitive, emotional and social health domains.

He mentors and coaches other aspiring clinical academic nurses and allied health professionals locally and nationally.

His local, national and international roles include:

  • Invited member of the NUH Charity Research Board,
  • Invited member of the NIHR East Midlands Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Panel,
  • Deputy lead for the HEE ICA Post-doctoral bridging scheme,
  • Member of the East Midlands Clinical Academic Careers Committee,
  • Member of Clinical Academic Roles Implementation Network at Council of Deans for Health,
  • Invited member of the NHS I/E COVID-19 Nursing research Response Group,
  • Invited leadership mentor for the Florence Nightingale Foundation Aspiring Director of Nursing/Midwifery Scholarship programme,
  • Elected Chair of the Nursing Science Section for the European Society for Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC)


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