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Leading expert in older person’s nursing awarded RCN fellowship 

Professor Brendan McCormack, head of division of Nursing at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, has been awarded a fellowship by the Royal College of Nursing.

Professor McCormack is an internationally-renowned authority on the nursing of older people, person-centred nursing, and practice development.

His seminal work, Practice Development in Nursing, explored the basis of practice development, its aims, implementation and impact on healthcare.

Queen Margaret University

Brendan McCormack

Each year the college present fellowships, honorary fellowships and awards of merit to those it judges to have given an outstanding contribution to nursing. Fellowships are awarded to RCN members who have made an exceptional contribution to nursing or healthcare.

Professor McCormack joined Queen Margaret University earlier this year as head of division of nursing and research professor, having left the University of Ulster where he was director of the Institute of Nursing and Health Research.

Commenting on his RCN Fellowship award, he said: “I’m really proud to have been awarded this honourable title from the UK’s official nursing industry body.

“Over the years, I have been keen to bring a different perspective to the professional development work of the RCN, enthusing QMU students and colleagues with passion for patients, so it’s hugely rewarding to have been recognised by my industry peers,” he said.

Professor McCormack was awarded the status of senior distinguished research fellow by Ulster University in 2011, and was admitted to Sigma Theta Tau International’s Researcher Hall of Fame in 2014.

He was also recently named one of only 11 researchers in Irish universities on a list of the world’s top 3,000, compiled by the multinational media body Thompson Reuters.

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