East Midlands strategic health authority chief executive Dr Barbara Hakin has been made a dame in the Queen’s birthday honours.
Former GP Dr Hakin played a leading role in shaping the government’s response to the Shipman Inquiry.
Andrew Cash, chief executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals foundation trust, the country’s largest FT, is also knighted.
Others honoured for their contribution to the health service include Alwen Williams, chief executive of Tower Hamlets primary care trust, and HSJ columnist Paul Corrigan, who receive CBEs.
As health adviser to prime minister Tony Blair, Professor Corrigan was one of the architects of foundation trusts.
Hugh Taylor, permanent secretary at the Department of Health, is knighted.
There are CBEs for Sarah Andrews, director of nursing at Eastern Coastal Kent primary care trust; Penelope Bevan, director of the DH emergency preparedness division; Elizabeth Redfern, director of patient care and nursing at NHS South West; and Pamela Whittle, until recently director of public health for the Scottish Executive.
Ailsa Claire, chief executive of Barnsley PCT, receives an OBE.