Professor Kamila Hawthorne awarded MBE in New Year's Honours List
- University of Surrey Associate Dean for Medicine awarded MBE for services to general practice
- Distinguished academic is a general practitioner of 28 years' standing
- Professor Hawthorne is an expert in managing change in medical education, to fit the health and social care needs of the population.
A University of Oxford graduate, Professor Hawthorne is a general practitioner of 28 years' standing, and an academic medical educator. Her research interests and publication include access to health services for Black and Minority Ethnic and other disadvantaged groups in the UK (with special application to Type 2 Diabetes), the development of social responsibility in health care professionals, and equality and diversity in medical education assessments. Her clinical practice is in a deprived multi-ethnic inner city district of Cardiff.
Professor Hawthorne is also Vice Chair of Professional Development at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Her remit at the RCGP is to oversee training, examinations and revalidation, quality in general practice and professional development at all stages of the medical life course – from school students to retention of General Practitioners (GPs) in their last years of professional work.
Professor Hawthorne said: "This award is a tribute to all the professional colleagues I’ve worked with in general practice and community teams over the years, to provide the best possible service to disadvantaged patient groups. This experience is being put to good use in the design of a modern curriculum, aligned to the needs of patients and the NHS, for application for a new medical school at the University of Surrey.”
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said: "Kamila is an outstanding and inspiring GP leader whose contribution to GP education has helped strengthen general practice as a discipline and improved the quality and safety of care for patients.
"The Royal College of General Practitioners is delighted and proud that her work is being recognised in this way. As well as being a well-deserved personal tribute to Kamila, it is an acknowledgement of general practice as a profession and the hard work of GPs everywhere."
Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, said: “Kamila is an exemplar of excellence in teaching and learning. I am delighted that the enormous contribution she has made to education is being recognised with this national honour.
"As the University of Surrey celebrates its 50th year, the kudos this honour brings to the institution is a great addition to the wide-ranging impact of our first-rate academic endeavours and innovation across many areas.”
A Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) is awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community. This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others.
Professor Hawthorne lives in Cardiff with her family.