Dr Nick Woznitza, Senior Lecturer in the School of Allied and Public Health Professions, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List for services to the NHS. In particular, for his clinical and academic leadership skills in diagnostic radiography in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted that Dr Nick Woznitza has been recognised for his dedication and commitment to the NHS with this award. Throughout the pandemic Nick refocused his work to support fellow radiographers and patients. His development of new diagnostic radiography services for the safe and effective diagnosis of Covid-19 and his leadership skills at the NHS Nightingale Hospital London have shown him to be an inspiration to current and future radiographers.”

Over the last 18 months Dr Woznitza has engaged in research to improve preliminarily evaluation of chest imaging to support the rapid diagnosis of Covid-19, as well as keeping fellow radiographers both here in the UK and internationally updated with evidence to inform their work with Covid-19 patients.

He was also appointed as an expert advisor for diagnostic radiography services within the NHS Nightingale Hospital London, the first of the temporary hospitals set up by NHS England for the Covid-19 pandemic. This appointment acknowledged his leadership skills and professional credibility for the development of safe and effective services at pace.

In addition to supporting radiographers and health services, Dr Woznitza has used his experience to inspire current and future radiography students through mentorship, career advice and masterclasses, ensuring his work resonates with students and inspire new generations into the profession.

Dr Woznitza said: "I am shocked, amazed and humbled that I have been recognised in the New Year Honours List for services to radiography. I have been fortunate beyond words to have had the support and mentorship from so many people, in particular Dr Keith Piper, Professor Audrey Paterson, Professor Kate Springett and Professor Chris Burton who have guided and shaped my career both as an academic and a clinician. Our research has shown that patient care can be improved by radiographer reporting, and I look forward to continuing this exciting work at Canterbury Christ Church."