NNUH Consultant made CBE in King’s Birthday Honours

Dr Edward Morris, NNUH Consultant and Medical Director for NHS East of England, has been made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the King’s Birthday Honours.

Dr Morris, who has been a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at our Trust for more than 20 years, has been made CBE for his services to women’s health and patient safety.

At NNUH, he has helped thousands of women and specialised in endometriosis, urogynaecology and laparoscopic gynaecological surgery, hysteroscopic surgery, prolapse surgery and advanced management of the menopause. He has been regional medical director for the East of England since December 2022 following his three-year presidency at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

Dr Morris said: “This honour means so much to me, it is deeply humbling but also fills me with great pride that the work that I have done to promote women’s health care has been recognised. I have worked with some amazing teams and people throughout my career, from my own hospital at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the RCOG, the charities I work with, the women and families I have been privileged to meet and care for, and my wife and family.”

“Choosing a career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology has given me so many opportunities, from developing advanced surgical techniques to researching cutting edge therapies in menopause and endometriosis but most importantly it has taught me that patient safety and outcomes must always be at the centre of what we do.”

Dr Morris has had senior roles with the RCOG since 2008 and as Vice President for Clinical Quality he was instrumental in the hugely influential project ‘Each Baby Counts’ which has shaped the way data around maternity adverse outcomes is collected, investigated, and how families are listened to and supported.

In 2019, he was elected as President of the RCOG, the second-youngest ever.

“The Covid-19 pandemic changed so much of what I expected as President and the first four months of the pandemic were the hardest working days of my life as I had to take on board the unprecedented challenges to patients and professionals.  As I helped the profession respond to the immediate concerns, I also found it was vital to constantly advocate for pregnant women throughout the government’s decision making.”

“The RCOG is a charity I have devoted much of my life to. I have also been a Trustee of the British Menopause Society for many years, am chair of the board of Trustees for Group B strep support and chair the multi professional advisory panel for the maternity safety charity, Baby Lifeline. Working with the voluntary sector remains a privilege and is fundamental to being able get the best outcomes for patients.”

Sam Higginson, NNUH Chief Executive, said: “This is fantastic news and we’d like to congratulate Dr Morris on his richly deserved honour. He is a hugely experienced clinician and a passionate advocate for women’s health and improving patient safety. This honour recognises Dr Morris’ hugely significant contribution in our region and nationally to patient care and safety.”

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