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Wolves chief nurse honoured for contribution to nursing

Royal Wolverhampton Trust’s chief nurse has received an honorary degree in recognition of her significant and innovative contributions to healthcare education.

Cheryl Etches was presented with an honorary degree of doctor of science by the University of Wolverhampton at a ceremony on 12 September.

Ms Etches has gained an international reputation for reducing healthcare-associated infections, as well as national awards for her infection prevention, dementia and patient safety initiatives. She was made an OBE in 2012.

She said: “I am extremely proud to be recognised by an institution which has an outstanding reputation for its nursing courses, as well as its commitment to improving health and wellbeing in the West Midlands region.”

Ms Etches started her nurse training at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham in 1979, gaining experience in surgical nursing before embarking on a career in accident and emergency.

In 1986, she moved to Saudi Arabia where she spent five years in acute hospital roles, before returning to take up a succession of nurse manager roles at Derby Royal Hospital.

She moved to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham in 2001 as deputy director of nursing and then to Wolverhampton in 2005.

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