5 June 2019

Double award for Sheffield Nurses

Two Nurses from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been recognised with a prestigious Fellowship Award by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Clare Warnock, Senior Project Nurse at Weston Park Cancer Centre and Dr Iain Armstrong, Nurse Consultant within the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital were presented with the Fellowship Award which is the highest award that the Royal College of Nursing can give.

The fellowships were awarded at the RCN annual Congress in Liverpool on Sunday 19 May and are given to individuals who have ‘made an exceptional commitment to advancing the science and practice of nursing and the improvement of health care’. Only a small number of Fellows and Honorary Fellows are elected each year.

Clare has been the practice development sister in cancer services at WPH since 1999 and is currently seconded to work with the Weston Park Cancer Centre cancer strategy team as the senior project nurse. Clare was nominated for her 30 plus years of experience and dedication to cancer nursing alongside a number of research projects which have made a significant contribution to the improvements in patient care.

Clare said: “I feel absolutely delighted to be recognised by my profession with one of their highest level awards. I am really proud to be part of a nursing team that works so hard to do the best for our patients.”

Dr Iain Armstrong works as a nurse consultant within the Sheffield Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit, a specialist pulmonary hypertension service based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. He is also the chair of a Sheffield-based rare disease charity, Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK (PHA UK).

Iain began his work in the pulmonary vascular unit in 1982. He was nominated for this award for his professional work to support people affected by pulmonary hypertension which is internationally renowned, and his dedicated charitable work alongside this in his personal time.

Iain said: “I am truly humbled to have received this award upon the recommendation of my colleagues. The ceremony was a special day and it was great to meet some really outstanding nurses.”

Chris Morley, Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Huge congratulations to both Clare and Iain on receiving their RCN Fellowship. This truly is a well-deserved honour and they should be very proud to be nominated by their peers for such an award. They are a credit to their profession and we are very fortunate to have them working with us here at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.”

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