A Zimbabwean nurse consultant has been recognised by the Queen in her birthday honours list for 2021.

Adam Mapani, has worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for 18 years and is the trust’s first-ever ophthalmology nurse consultant.

Mr Mapani is also believed to be one of the first nurses to deliver sight-saving eye injections, which were previously only performed by doctors.

He has since trained and mentored more than 1,200 nurses and allied healthcare professionals to carry out the injection, and has shared learning in 15 other countries.

Over the past few months, Mr Mapani has been working with African communities in the UK to challenge reticence in receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

In 2019 he was named in the top 100 most influential opthalmology Power List, the first nurse to achieve this. In the same year he received a Gold Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chief Nursing Officer for England.

Mr Mapani said: "I am honoured and humbled, especially as there are so many capable people working in my field."

He plans a family celebration with wife Rutenda and daughters Shanna, nine, and Naila, seven.