Professor Dan Clark (OBE), Aquiline Chivinge (MBE) and Professor Chris Moran (OBE) recognised in the New Year Honours list 2021 | Latest news

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Professor Dan Clark (OBE), Aquiline Chivinge (MBE) and Professor Chris Moran (OBE) recognised in the New Year Honours list 2021

Three members of staff at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust have been recognised in the New Year Honours 2021.

Professor Dan Clark, Head of Clinical Engineering at Nottingham University Hospitals, has been awarded with an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen, in the New Year 2021 Honours List, for services to Clinical Engineering, particularly during Covid-19.

Aquiline Chivinge, a senior nurse research leader, has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal, for her services to patients from Ethnic Minority backgrounds.

Professor Chris Moran, National Clinical Director for Trauma to the NHS in England and Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at Nottingham University Hospitals, has been awarded with an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen, for his national services to Trauma.


Professor Dan Clark

Dan’s incredible recognition comes at a time during which he not only led Nottingham University Hospital’s response to the equipment needed to deal with Covid-19 locally, but also led nationally, on behalf of his professional body, working with the Cabinet Office, the RAF, NHS England/ Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care, to establish a national technical due diligence team evaluating non-standard ventilators and infusion devices brought in rapidly to support the NHS Covid-19 patient surge.

Dr Keith Girling, Medical Director at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, said: “This is a fantastic tribute to Dan’s incredible career in which he has dedicated himself to improving care for patients through his work in Clinical Engineering.

“Dan’s work through the Covid-19 pandemic has been exceptional both in the Trust and nationally and it is excellent to see it being recognised in this way.”

A 35 year-long NHS career has seen Dan working in healthcare technology in Newcastle, Leicester and for the last 20 years here in Nottingham where he leads our Clinical Engineering team. 

Having developed a strong national and international reputation in healthcare technology management and innovation, he’s taken senior roles in the field, including being the current Vice President International of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, spending 10 years supporting the NICE Medical Technology Programme and being a member of the Founders’ Council of the Global Clinical Engineering Alliance. 

Dan holds an honorary Chair at the University of Nottingham where he brings his NHS experience to help support the development of technologies of the future.

Dan’s dedication to providing high quality care to patients has been evident throughout his career but never more so than during the exceptional times of the recent pandemic. 

His team at NUH responded magnificently to the unprecedented demand for medical equipment to support the surge in patients during the first Covid-19 wave and he also led nationally to ensure that the thousands of items of exotic medical equipment brought in from all over the world were assessed for their suitability before being deployed into the NHS.

 Dan said: “I am truly shocked and humbled to receive this award. It’s been a difficult year, for sure, but also one where I’ve continuously been inspired by the team around me. 

“Their response to the challenges has been simply incredible and it is their skill, their effort and their courage that is really being recognised in this award.  I’ve always been passionate about the benefits that technology brings to patient care and proud to play a small part in the team improving healthcare through innovation.  

“This year, more than ever before, I’ve seen the value of engineers, scientists and technologists to ensure our clinical colleagues can deliver the care patients need. I’ve never been prouder of the work we all do.”

Claire Greaves, Chief Scientist at NUH commented:“I am so pleased that Dan’s dedication, hard work and leadership have been recognised in this way. Dan and the Clinical Engineering team at NUH have played a pivotal role in increasing our ability to care for our patients throughout the pandemic and this, in itself, is a significant achievement.

“On top of this, Dan worked with regional and national colleagues to establish and lead a team supporting the evaluation of novel medical devices such as ventilators so that these could be deployed across our hospitals and used safely for clinical care.  

“I would echo Dan’s comment, that this pandemic has highlighted the important contribution that all our Healthcare Scientists make, providing and supporting patient care. It is fabulous to see this work being recognised in this way.”


Aquiline Chivinge

Aquiline, who has worked for the NHS for 24 years, has enjoyed an international career, training in Africa as a Registered General Nurse and Midwife, before moving to Scotland and Australia, and settling in Nottingham in 1997, where she gained her MSc.

Aquiline said: “I am truly humbled and feel very proud to be honoured in the New Year’s Honours list. As an international nurse, to receive this honour at the end of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife makes it even more special.

“This has been a very difficult year professionally. Hearing about many colleagues across the country losing their lives doing the job they love, has been hard.

“The support from my seniors and the dedication and resilience of the teams around me kept me going.”

Aquiline, who works tirelessly to empower our staff from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, is our Clinical Lead for Shared Governance and Inclusive Leadership.

The role sees her sustaining Shared Governance in the hospital as a model for leadership and she leads on the clinical leadership agenda of this.

In 2018 Aquiline established the BAME Shared Governance Council at NUH to improve inclusiveness, with a focus on improving representation of our BAME staff on committees involving patients, staff and the public.

Aquiline said: “I have always been passionate about my work but having the BAME Shared Governance Council members, the BAME Staff Network members and the Leadership and Shared Governance team around me, has meant that we were able to continue supporting colleagues, patients and carers in these difficult times.”

Aquiline is currently undertaking a BAME Workforce Review with the Research and Innovation department at NUH, to increase awareness and involvement in research within the BAME community.

Alongside this she works to build inclusivity and diversity in nursing and midwifery research.

Throughout the pandemic, Aquiline has kept in touch with the community and organised a research webinar for BAME staff and communities to get updates from medical staff on Covid-19 and why it appears to be affecting BAME communities disproportionately.

She also supports community groups such as the Hair Loss project in collaboration with partners including as Sistas Against Cancer group chair Dr Rose Thompson, MacMillan Cancer Support and NUH.

Aquiline is a member of multiple health groups and networks, representing our BAME staff at regional and national levels.

Sarah Moppett, Interim Chief Nurse at NUH, said: “It seems hardly possible that it is now 21 years since Aquiline joined us at NUH, she is truly an inspirational role model for us all and I am proud that she is a member of our nursing team. 

“Aquiline has actively embraced a variety of leadership roles including ward sister for the Queen’s Medical Centre Day Case Unit, Clinical Matron in the Clinical Support Division and, more recently as our very first Clinical Lead for Shared Governance and Inclusive Leadership in the Institute of Care Excellence.

“She continues to excel in everything she does, combining her passion for excellence in patient and staff experience with a commitment to innovation and improvement through greater inclusivity and diversity. 

“Aquiline’s contribution to the pandemic is outstanding. She frequently goes above and beyond, supporting the wellbeing of colleagues, supporting for our international staff who have joined us at this unprecedented time.

“This award is truly deserved and I am delighted to congratulate Aquiline on receiving this honour. She reflects the very best of her profession and we are very proud that she is a member of our team.”


Professor Chris Moran

Professor Chris Moran, the National Clinical Director for Trauma for NHS England and Improvement, who is based in Nottingham, received his OBE for services to trauma.

Chris has been integral in the development of 27 major trauma centres around the country, of which the Queen’s Medical Centre is the largest, and spent eight years leading this large scale national project, on top of his clinical work as a Consultant in Orthopaedic Trauma, working at the front line as a surgeon and Trauma Team Leader here at Nottingham University Hospitals.

The national system has saved the lives of over 600 severely injured patients per year and also improved the recovery of thousands more, allowing them to return to their families, work and school. Chris hasn’t been at the front line at Queen's Medical Centre for the past 10 months as he is helping to lead the NHS Covid-19 response, as one of the National Strategic Incident Directors at NHSE.

He is the National Clinical Director for Trauma to the NHS in England and Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at Nottingham University Hospital. He trained in Cardiff and Newcastle and did fellowships at the Mayo Clinic, USA and the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland. He is a practicing trauma surgeon and still leads the Trauma Team at Nottingham University Hospitals. He has a special interest in surgery for polytrauma, complex articular fractures and the treatment of nonunion.

Chris has led the development of the Major Trauma Networks in England, which have resulted in an additional 600 patients per year surviving major trauma in England. He recently led the introduction of the Rehabilitation Prescription (RP-2019), which is the first to actively involve patients and their families. In addition, he has also led a programme of research, audit, standard setting and policy change that has radically improved the outcome of frail patients with hip fracture, resulting in 17,000 additional survivors over the past decade. He has additional national responsibilities for emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR).

He is international adviser on trauma to a number of Governments. His research portfolio includes 175 published scientific papers and abstracts with over 8,500 citations, mainly in the field of trauma. He continues in active research in this field. He is editor of a major textbook, the AO Principles of Fracture Surgery and co-authored all of the British Orthopaedic Association Standards for Trauma. Prof. Moran is Honorary Colonel to 144 Medical Parachute Squadron, 16 Regiment and also Civilian Adviser on Orthopaedic Surgery to the Royal Air Force. 



   Professor Dan Clark, OBE, holds the below roles:

  • Head of Clinical Engineering: Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust,
  • Professor of Clinical Engineering: Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham,
  • Director: Centre for Healthcare Equipment And Technology Adoption (CHEATA)
  • Co-director: Centre for Healthcare Technologies (CHT),
  • Vice President International: Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine,
  • Founders’ Council member: Global Clinical Engineering Alliance,
  • Treasurer: HTA Division of the  International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE),
  • Editor: Global Clinical Engineering Journal,


Throughout her career, Aquiline MBE, has achieved several accolades, including:

  • Current Regional Board Member for  Royal College of Nursing
  • 2020 Chief Nursing Officer of England  - Silver Award
  • 2019 National Institute for Health Research 70@70 Senior Nurse Leader three-year Fellowship
  • 2018 NUH Honours with BAME Shared Governance  
  • 2017 Future Leaders of Nottingham Programme fellow
  • 2016 Nursing Times Post Graduate Learner of the year
  • 2015  National SAGE Awards


   Professor Chris MoranMD, FRCS, OBE, holds the below roles:

  • Deputy National Strategic Incident Director Covid-19, NHS
  • National Clinical Director for Trauma, NHS-England & NHS-Improvement
  • Consultant Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Honorary Professor, University of Nottingham, School of Medicine
  • Honorary Colonel, 144 Parachute Squadron, 16 Medical Regiment


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