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Published: 13 February 2019

Nursing honours for Surrey professors

Three of our professors in the School of Health Sciences have been recognised for their achievements and contributions to nursing.

Professors Faith Gibson, Jill Maben and Anne Gallagher
Professor Gibson, left, Professor Maben, centre, and Professor Gallagher

Professor Faith Gibson has received a prestigious Lifetime Achievement award from the International Society for Paediatric Oncology, the first nurse ever to receive this accolade and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has given one of its highest honours to Professors Jill Maben and Ann Gallagher.

Professor Gibson, who also holds the position of Deputy Chief Nurse for Research at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, is an internationally respected expert in children’s and young people's cancer care and has extensively researched ways to improve their experience of cancer therapies and their aftercare. Her acclaimed work in this field also led to a fellowship with the Royal College of Nursing.

Professor Gibson said: “I am delighted my work in this area has been recognised, and I hope I am the first of many nurses to receive this award. Nurses not only treat the illness, they treat the patient too and it is important that we understand and implement steps that will improve their care, particularly that of children and young people.”

The RCSI awarded Professors Maben and Gallagher Fellowships of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery for their contributions in nursing and midwifery, education, research and the health and wellbeing of society.

Professor Gallagher’s empirical work on subjects such as dignity in care, professionalism, compassion, end-of-life decision-making and ethical care practices was recognised for its importance to the nursing and midwifery professions. The establishment of the International Care Ethics (ICE) Observatory under Professor Gallagher’s leadership has contributed to the development of international research, the enhancement of ethics teaching and increased interdisciplinary discussion and understanding.

Professor Maben OBE was awarded her Fellowship in recognition of her research on how the ideals and values of new nursing students can become compromised and crushed in poor work environments. This has enhanced understanding of how to support nurses in the early stages of their careers, contributing to a more positive experience for junior staff. The identification of links between staff experiences of work and patient experiences of care has contributed to better nursing and midwifery education and training programmes, staff support models and delivery of patient-centred care.

Professor Melaine Coward, Head of School of Health Sciences at the University, said: “Congratulations to Faith on this fantastic achievement. This award reflects her enormous contribution to paediatric cancer nursing and to the development of clinical academics undertaking research into improving the lives of children with cancer.

“We are incredibly proud of Jill and Ann. Their achievements, along with their expertise and experience, are proof of the world-class staff we have here at the School of Health Sciences.”