University of Surrey professor awarded international accolade
Professor Faith Gibson from the University of Surrey has been awarded a prestigious Lifetime Achievement award from the International Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOP), the first nurse ever to receive this accolade.
The SIOP Lifetime Achievement award is granted to distinguished individuals from the paediatric oncology community who are renowned for their dedication to and scientific excellence in children’s cancer care.
Professor Gibson, who also holds the position of Deputy Chief Nurse for Research at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, 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 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.”
Professor Melaine Coward, Head of School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey, 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.”