Professor Janice Sigsworth CBE, director of nursing at Imperial College Healthcare, has been awarded a damehood for her services to nursing, specifically for her significant contribution to embedding genomics into nursing and midwifery practice. Janice – from Eastbourne – is also the national professional lead for nursing and midwifery genomics.

Janice – who started her nursing training at Charing Cross Hospital in 1984 – has been the Trust’s director of nursing since 2008, coming from the Department of Health where she was deputy chief nurse. Janice was previously awarded a CBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to nursing. 

Dame Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said: “Congratulations to Dame Janice on her well-deserved recognition. Her contributions to the nursing profession, including spearheading the integration of genomics into nursing practice, inspire us all and set a shining example for our future nurses.”

Professor Dame Sue Hill DBE, Chief Scientific Officer for England, said: “I am delighted that Janice has been honoured in this way. This honour recognises her dedication to the NHS, to the nursing profession and for leading the way in embedding genomics into the nursing and midwifery practice.”

Commenting on receiving her award, Janice said: “Throughout my career I have been fortunate to work with many wonderful people and I am both humbled and delighted to receive this honour. I would like to thank all of my colleagues, I am extremely grateful for their support and for all the opportunities I have had to lead nursing and midwifery in different areas across the NHS.”

Professor Anthony Gordon, consultant in critical care at the Trust has also been recognised and has been awarded an MBE for his services to critical care. Professor Gordon is also an NIHR senior investigator and chair in anaesthesia and critical care at Imperial College London. His work in critical care focuses largely on sepsis, leading innovative clinical trials to improve care for critically ill patients and developing personalised treatment approaches, including the use of novel diagnostics and artificial intelligence to adapt treatment strategies.

Professor Tim Orchard, chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare said: “Many congratulations to Dame Janice on this much deserved recognition. It is a reflection of nearly 40 years of outstanding dedication to nursing and midwifery throughout a distinguished NHS career. The whole organisation is incredibly proud of what she has achieved.”