Date of release: 31 December 2020
The outstanding contribution and dedication of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s (RWT) pathology lead has been recognised by the New Year's Honours List.
Dr Paul Harrison, Clinical Director for Black Country Pathology Services (BCPS), has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List for services to pathology.
The award recognises Dr Harrison’s commitment to pathology services within the Black Country and nationally.
Dr Harrison was appointed clinical director of BCPS is 2018 where he successful established and led the Black Country Pathology Network, bringing together The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and RWT’s pathology services.
Under Dr Harrison’s leadership the BCPS swabbing hub has been central in helping the Trust manage COVID-19 patients in the first and second waves.
In addition Dr Harrison also led on one of the largest antibody testing programmes of staff and patients in the UK.
Dr Harrison said: “It is honour to receive such a prestigious award. I was really surprised and delighted to find out.
“It has been a very busy but rewarding two and a half years leading the pathology services and during that time we have seen a huge amount of changes.
“With these improvements it has meant we have managed to cope better with the challenges COVID-19 has brought and we now deliver a better service for our patients.
“However we could not have made these improvements and be where we are today without the incredible team I represent. They work extremely hard processing test results for tens of thousands of patients each year and form a vital part of the healthcare workforce. It is a privilege to work alongside them.”
Steve Field CBE, Chair of RWT, said: “On behalf of the Trust, I would like to congratulate Paul for receiving this MBE.
“He was worked so hard under extremely stressful and demanding circumstances over the last nine months to ensure that all the requirements placed on the laboratory have been maintained and test results delivered as quickly as possible.
“Paul has made an exceptional contribution in terms of clinical leadership and leading pathology services.
“His role as Pathology Incident Director, which is very demanding, has meant we have been at the forefront of local and national strategic decision making.
“His work this year cannot be overstated and on behalf of our patients and staff I want to say a huge thank you for his commitment and dedication.”