DR Rachael Liebmann Awarded OBE for services to Pathology

Monday, October 12, 2020


Dr Rachael Liebmann, Secondary Care Clinician and Board member for NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has been award an OBE for services to Pathology.

Dr Liebmann is Group Medical Director of The Doctors Laboratory and Health Services Laboratories and vice president of the Royal College of Pathologists. She has over 20 years’ experience as an NHS consultant and has been recognised by her peers as one of world’s 100 most influential pathologists.

Dr Liebmann has also been shortlisted for the National Patient Safety Awards and Health Service Journal Clinical Leader of the Year and was awarded the College Medal for Distinguished Service.

She led a review into Breast Cancer Reporting for the Care Quality Commission which resulted in substantial reforms to breast cancer reporting and she was part of the clinical panel for the Paterson Inquiry into criminal activity by a breast cancer surgeon in the Midlands. She led the introduction of the first national pathology Key Performance Indicators, including laboratory turnaround times.

As Vice President for Communication and International at the Royal College of Pathologists, Dr Liebmann oversaw the establishment of a Resources Hub to allow members to find guidance with relevance to their Covid-19 testing work and contributed to planning the Covid-themed International Pathology Day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

When the London Nightingale Field Hospital Medical Director contacted Dr Liebmann for help she did not hesitate to plan and set up the service. She recruited the medical students who staffed the laboratory reception 24/7. Throughout the hospital’s life she co-ordinated and provided mentorship and advocacy for these volunteers.

Dr Rachael Liebmann OBE, said:

“I am delighted to be able to be awarded an OBE. It is a testament to the phenomenal work of the teams I have worked with and who have given me such support.”
Tricia D’Orsi, Deputy Accountable Officer for NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“I am delighted that Rachael has been recognised in such a prestigious way for her contribution to the medical field of pathology and bringing her considerable expertise and passion for the benefit of local residents in Castle Point and Rochford. Well done from myself and everyone at the CCG on such outstanding recognition and I know how proud her family and colleagues will be of her”.