RCP president Professor Jane Dacre awarded DBE in birthday honours

The Royal College of Physicians is pleased to announce that Professor Jane Dacre, president of the RCP, has been awarded a DBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list

Discussing the honour, Professor Dacre said: 

I am delighted to have been awarded a DBE. It makes a huge difference to have been recognised for the work I have done over many years in medicine, and medical education. I am in debt to all of the wonderful colleagues and organisations I have worked with, and who have supported me throughout my career to date.

I am particularly proud to be recognised as a medical educator, as we are often unsung heroes, but strive to make a difference to the next generation.

Professor Dacre has been president of the RCP for almost 4 years and will demit on 26 September following the RCP’s 500th anniversary on Sunday 23 September. During her time at the RCP she has championed medical leadership, equality and diversity, and political engagement, encouraging fellows and members of the RCP to become more involved in its core activities.

I am particularly proud to be recognised as a medical educator, as we are often unsung heroes, but strive to make a difference to the next generation.

Professor Jane Dacre, RCP president

Honour Citation from the Cabinet Office

Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, has made unrivalled contributions to medicine and medical education, driving up standards and securing international recognition. She has promoted improved models of healthcare provision and has stressed the importance of integrated care and support for trainees.

She was elected academic vice president at the RCP. Her leadership of the MBBS curriculum and examinations at UCL Medical School led to over 93% satisfaction ratings in the National Students’ Survey. She has led the restructuring of examination and assessment processes in medicine to ensure fairness and reliability and has developed assessment processes for doctors referred for poor clinical performance. In October 2017, she opened phase 1 of a major new RCP clinical centre of excellence in Liverpool, with plans for a bespoke building in 2020.

She has worked tirelessly to improve diversity, leading a dramatic shift in the demographic of the RCP Council with more women and BME candidates standing and being elected than ever before. As medical director of the MRCP, she encouraged the publication of examination results by gender and ethnicity and contributed to research on examiner bias. She is co-creator of the GALS screen, a new and simple way of examining the joints, now taught in all UK medical schools and internationally. She continues to deliver care to patients as a rheumatologist.

RCP fellows and members honoured


  • Professor Christopher John Ham – services to health policy and management
  • Professor David Antony Haslam – services to NHS leadership.


  • Professor Susan Lesley Hill – services to the 100,000 Genomes Project and to NHS genomic medicine. 


  • Professor George Edward Griffin – services to public health and health research
  • Dr Paul Litchfield – services to wellbeing in the workplace
  • Professor Paul Stephen Little – services to general practice research.


  • Professor Julian Fleetwood Bion – services to intensive care medicine
  • Professor Peter Leslie Chiodini – services to parasitology and malaria
  • Professor Paul Emery – services to rheumatology
  • Professor David Emrys Jeffreys Jones – services to liver disease and training
  • Dr Katharine McLean – services to leadership in the NHS
  • Professor Donal Joseph O'Donoghue – services to kidney patients
  • Dr Syed Tanzeem Haider Raza – services to health and medical education
  • Professor Charles David Alexander Wolfe – services to stroke and public health medicine
  • Dr Wendy Jane Woodhouse – services to mental healthcare for young people.


  • Dr Gareth Collier – services to lung cancer treatment in Wales
  • Dr Richard Ian Dewar – services to the NHS, particularly stroke patients
  • Dr Heather Mary Dunn – services to cardiac care in Northern Ireland and voluntary service in Malawi
  • Dr Sally Ann Evans – services to aviation medicine
  • Dr Philippa Medcalf – services to homeless patients.

Notes to editors

For further information, images or to arrange interviews with Professor Dacre, please contact Claire Burroughs, RCP interim head of media, by phone on  +44 (0)20 3075 1468 / (0)7896 416409 or email at claire.burroughs@rcplondon.ac.uk.


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