14 June 2021

Jemma Haines, consultant speech and language therapist at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), has been an awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list 2021.

The honour recognises Jemma’s services to speech and language therapy in the field of upper airway respiratory disorders, as well as her significant contributions to the COVID-19 response.

Jemma is an established senior allied health professional (AHP) with significant experience in providing professional leadership locally, regionally and nationally. This includes leading projects to ensure the AHP workforce contribution within respiratory medicine is integral.

Working closely with professional bodies and networks throughout her career, Jemma has made several contributions to national policy and guidelines, teaching, education and research.

Jemma has been a committed RCSLT clinical adviser since 2015, supporting members by providing advice on clinical queries relating to respiratory and voice disorders.

Jemma has just stepped down as the chair of the adviser review panel after two years, in which time she oversaw the restructuring of the governance and application process for the adviser role ensuring that there is much more transparency to the role and that it is lined up to advanced clinical practice roles.

We want to say a huge congratulations to Jemma on this outstanding achievement, and many thanks for all her dedicated work in the profession and her continued support for both the RCSLT and its members.