Pharmacists recognised in 2019 New Year’s Honours list

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Three pharmacists and two former pharmacists have been recognised in the UK government’s 2019 New Year’s Honours list.

James McElnay, acting president and vice chancellor at Queen’s University Belfast, was made an officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to higher education and pharmacy. A Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, McElnay has research interests in clinical pharmacy with a focus on pharmaceutical care and paediatric therapy.

Source: Courtesy of Janine Barnes

Janine Barnes was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to pharmacy

Janine Barnes, a neurology specialist pharmacist at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and expert adviser for the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence Centre for Guidelines, was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to pharmacy. In particular, Barnes has been recognised for her work with patients with Parkinson’s disease and in enhancing patients’, clinicians’ and carers’ knowledge on how to manage the illness.

Vijaykumar Patel, chief executive officer at Waymade PLC, was made an OBE for his services to business and philanthropy. Patel grew his business, which at its peak had a turnover in excess of £300m, from a “single chemist’s shop” in Essex, according the company website.

Also named in the Honours list were Nicola Yates, senior vice president of the pharmaceuticals division at GSK, who was made an OBE for her services to women in business and workplace equality, and John Newstead, a retired pharmacist, who was awarded a British Empire Medal for his services to pharmaceutical heritage on account of his collection of more than 2,500 pharmaceutical items spanning 50 years, which he donated to Norfolk Museums Service. 

Retired pharmacist and RPS member William “Ian” Woolley also received an MBE for services to the community in Blackburn and Darwen, Lancashire. His MBE recognised seven decades of service to his local community in the areas of health and education, including raising money to buy a CT scanner and an MRI scanner for local hospitals. He also chairs Age UK Blackburn and Darwen, a role he has held for the last eight years.


  • This article was amended on 31 May 2019 to add details of William Woolley’s MBE, which The Pharmaceutical Journal was not aware of at the time of publication
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The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, January 2019, Vol 302, No 7921;302(7921):DOI:10.1211/PJ.2019.20205944

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