Dr Alan Willson has been awarded an OBE in the New Year honours list.

Alan Willson‌Dr Alan Willson, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Improvement Science at Swansea University's College of Human and Health Sciences, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year honours list.

Alan, who is the former director of the 1000 Lives Improvement Service for Public Health Wales, has been honoured for services to the quality and safety of healthcare in Wales. 

Professor Ceri Phillips, Head of the College of Human and Health Sciences said: "The award to Alan is richly deserved for his commitment and pioneering efforts to place Wales as one of the leading lights in relation to quality improvement in health services. We are very fortunate to have Alan – and his considerable expertise and experience - as part of our Improvement Science team within the College."

Alan said: “I am both surprised and extremely honoured to receive this award. It is a recognition of the wonderful achievements of the patients and staff of NHS Wales. It also gives me an opportunity to pay tribute to the world class team of colleagues who will go on to achieve more and better changes for the people of Wales.

“It has been a privilege to be a part of those efforts, and I look forward to continuing to do so by supporting senior leaders in Aneurin Bevan Health Board and working with the experts in Improvement Science at Swansea University who are developing new work with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Hywel Dda University Health Boards as part of the ARCH initiative.

“These are exciting times to be involved with Welsh healthcare as it builds its distinctive approach based on partnership and prudence.”

Alongside his work at Swansea University, Alan has joined the Continuous Improvement Team at Aneurin Bevan health board (ABCi). He is also a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Alan has directed several national collaboratives including critical care, medicines, mental health services, and stroke services. His research interests are medicines management and the spread of improvement.

He has published on the evidence base for improving effectiveness of medicines in primary care, communication and the challenges of changing healthcare.

Alan qualified as a pharmacist working in senior pharmacy and then general management in London before coming to Wales. He completed a PhD looking at causes of the high rates of Welsh prescribing.