Published on 09/10/2020
Mike West

An Emeritus Professor from Aston University has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020.

Michael West, formerly Executive Dean of Aston Business School, has been recognised for services to compassion and innovation in the NHS. This is linked to his longstanding work to develop the leadership and cultures of UK health care organisations to ensure high quality, compassionate patient care and to promote staff health and wellbeing.

Professor West joined Aston University in 1999, before moving to Lancaster University in 2011 and has focused over the last thirty years on supporting NHS leaders across the UK. 

His research has underpinned national health strategies across the four UK countries and internationally. His partnership with the NHS has supported over 100 NHS Trusts and half a million clinical and managerial staff in a programme to develop leadership and cultures that deliver high quality, compassionate patient care. Professor West also moved quickly to support the NHS as the sector battled to respond to Covid-19, applying his research and experience to help NHS leaders deal with the crisis and support frontline staff.

He co-chaired an inquiry for the General Medical Council in 2019 into the health and well being of doctors for the UK and led an Royal College of Nursing Foundation review in 2020 into the health and wellbeing of nurses and midwives across the UK in collaboration with The King’s Fund. 

Professor West said: “I feel hugely honoured and privileged to receive such an award.” Reflecting on the last six months he commented: “The pandemic has reinforced our understanding of how important it is to support healthcare staff - both to ensure their own physical and mental wellbeing, and because we know this is linked to high quality patient outcomes.”

“Receiving this award is the highlight of my career, and the fact that it is in recognition of my work with the NHS is particularly important to me. I want to sincerely thank all my colleagues and friends across the university sector, the NHS and further afield who have helped shape my contribution to the field.”

Professor West is also a Senior Fellow at the Kings Fund, and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association (APA), the APA Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the International Association of Applied Psychologists, the British Academy of Management and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

He has authored, edited or co-edited 20 books, including The Psychology of Work and Organizations (2010) and Effective Teamwork (2004), which has been translated into 12 languages. He has also published over 200 articles for scientific and practitioner publications. 


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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

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