The co-founder and non-executive director of London-based home care provider Penrose Care has been recognised on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Dr Matthew Knight, who is also a respiratory consultant at West Herts Hospitals, has been awarded an MBE for his role in the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Notably, Dr Knight has led a frontline team of medical professionals to prevent hospital admissions through virtual monitoring and consultations of patients at home. Over 10,000 virtual consultations have taken place via this ‘virtual hospital’ which has cared for over 1,250 patients.
Under his guidance, Penrose Care made special precautionary investments to prepare for a worst-case pandemic scenario and this has led to the provider having zero COVID-19 cases among clients to date.
Commending Dr Knight, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron said: “I cannot think of a British medical professional more deserving of a Queen’s honour than my Penrose Care co-founder Dr Matthew Knight. Together, we have built the UK’s pioneer of the ethical provision of home care which has garnered international recognition.
“From this position of strength we have been able to look outward during these difficult times, delivering donated PPE to a local hospital and hospice and saving over 100 jobs in our local community by running pandemic recovery and safety measures in Belsize Village, which sparked a local economic boom amidst one of the worst national recessions on record. I hope Dr Knight is proud. His Penrose Care family is certainly proud of him.”
Commenting on his achievement, Dr Knight said: “I am very humbled to have been awarded an MBE. Many sacrificed so much during this year. I am proud of my many friends and colleagues at West Herts Hospitals and Penrose Care who were far more heroic than I could ever be. There is much to do to ensure those in need get the health and social care that they require and I look forward to continuing to work towards this aim.”