11 May 2022

Sheffield nurse first to receive prestigious award for dedication to field of blood and marrow transplantation

A Sheffield nurse has received the first European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) Nurses Honorary Membership Award in recognition of her dedication and achievements in the field.

Helen Jessop, recently retired from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has received the award after 42 years in service as a nurse, 36 of which have been within Haematology and Blood and Marrow Transplant.

Honorary membership is awarded by the EBMT in recognition of outstanding contribution to the bone marrow transplant field, and Helen is the first nurse to have received the honour.

Helen’s contribution to the success of the bone marrow transplant services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has been invaluable. She became the Trusts Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator in 2001 and went on to build a team of four Coordinators as the services expanded.

Helen was also an instrumental part of the team behind the pioneering hematopoietic stem cell transplant therapy now being used for patients with certain forms of multiple sclerosis. The MS service was awarded the NHS Future Parliamentary Award in July 2019.

Helen said: “Being awarded the first Nurses Honorary Membership Award was a huge honour and I am still somewhat overwhelmed by it. The EBMT is a fantastic organisation bringing together physicians, nurses, other AHP’s and all those involved in the HSCT process, including data managers, scientists and laboratory staff, but also patients, allowing them to share knowledge, ideas and friendship and I do feel very privileged to have been part of this for so long.”

Michelle Kenyon, President of EBMT’s Nurses Group said: “It was an enormous honour and a pleasure to be able to present Helen Jessop with an Honorary Membership Award. Over the years, Helen has made a significant contribution to the development of Transplant nurse education and the nurse profession more generally. She has held prominent roles both nationally through EBMT UK NAP and internationally through EBMT. In sharing her skills, knowledge and experience through lecturing and publications, she has benefitted nurse colleagues and ultimately contributed to improvements in patient care.”

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