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January 2022

New Year’s Honour: MBE for Practice Nurse columnist

Jane Chiodini, Practice Nurse’s travel columnist, has been awarded an MBE for services to training and development of travel medicine.

Jane, who was Dean of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow from 2018 to October 2021, has been passionate about travel health since 1995 when she first undertook a distance learning course in the subject. In 2006 she became a founder Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine.

During her time as Dean, Jane was instrumental in leading the publication of the Good Practice Guide for Providing a Travel Health Service, which sets out the standards of care for travel medicine practitioners, the establishment of the RCPSG postgraduate diploma in Travel Medicine, and the Professional Development Certificate in Travel Medicine.

Her successor as Dean, Dr Sam Allen, said: ‘We are immensely proud that Jane Chiodini has been awarded the MBE. Jane has been an inspirational contributor and leader in the mission of our faculty to raise the standards and standing of travel medicine. This recognition is so very well deserved.’

Jane served as a member and then chair of the RCN Travel Health Forum from 1997 to 2006, has been a NaTHNaC helpline adviser, and has held numerous posts in travel health education and also runs her own training business, Travel Health Training Ltd – and continues to teach around the UK, and to speak at national and international meetings.

Jane began her nursing career in 1973 at St George’s Hospital, London, and became a practice nurse in 1990. She continues to work part time in a GP surgery in London, where she sees travellers in a dedicated travel clinic. She has written a monthly travel health column for Practice Nurse for many years – another thing that has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and which is greatly missed – and joined the journal’s editorial board in 2014. Jane was made a Queen’s Nurse in 2015.

Jane is married to Professor Peter Chiodini, Consultant Clinical Parasitologist at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London, and Director of the Public Health England Malaria Reference Laboratory at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Practice Nurse 2022;52(1):7