Our consultant recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Monday 12th October 2020

Our consultant recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Dr Rachael Liebmann, consultant histopathologist at Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (QVH) has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of her services to pathology.

Rachael has worked at QVH since 2014 and specialises in breast and skin pathology. Her work involves the diagnosis and study of diseases of the tissues, and examining tissues and/or cells under a microscope. The histopathology service at QVH receives over 30,000 specimens per year and supports the hospital’s specialist services with timely and accurate diagnoses accredited to international standards.

During COVID-19 QVH was designated a specialist surgical cancer hub, treating patients with high-risk cancers (head and neck, skin and breast) from hospitals across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, with pathology provided by Rachael and team.

As well as her work at QVH Rachael is vice president of the Royal College of Pathologists and has been recognised by her peers as one of world’s 100 most influential pathologists. She has previously been shortlisted for the National Patient Safety Awards and Health Service Journal Clinical Leader of the Year, and has also received the Royal College of Pathologists Medal for Distinguished Service. Rachael also works at The Doctors Laboratory and Health Services Laboratories as group medical director and is the secondary care consultant on a Clinical Commissioning Group.

Rachael’s nomination in the Queen’s Birthday Honours also recognises the work she has done nationally in the field of pathology including being part of the clinical panel for the Paterson Inquiry into criminal activity by a breast cancer surgeon in the Midlands. She led the introduction of the first national pathology key performance indicators, including laboratory turnaround times. Most recently Rachael was involved in setting up the pathology support for the London Nightingale Field Hospital. In her role at the Royal College of Pathologists, she also oversaw the establishment of a Resources Hub to allow members to find guidance with relevance to their COVID-19 work.

Speaking about receiving news of her OBE, Rachael said: “To be awarded an OBE for my services to pathology is an absolute privilege and is due to the amazing support I have had from my colleagues. It is really a testament to the recognition of the importance of pathology tests now more than ever.”

Steve Jenkin, Chief Executive of Queen Victoria Hospital, said: “Rachael’s dedication to the patients she serves, her colleagues, the hospital and the wider health economy should not be under-estimated. Rachael has devoted herself to patient safety and to the college work of overseeing the training of pathologists and scientists working in her field.”

The list announced on 10 October, was due to be published in June but was postponed in order to consider nominations for people playing crucial roles during the first months of the COVID-19 effort.

Pictured Dr Rachael Liebmann receives OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

For more information please contact the Queen Victoria Hospital Press Office at qvh.communications@nhs.net