Scotland has its first doctor of nursing, cancer nurse Cathy Hutchison, who graduated from the University of Stirling in November.
Dr Hutchison, a cancer nurse, completed her six year doctorate while working full-time as a consultant nurse in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Most applicants for consultant posts now have a masters degree. Dr Hutchinson decided to work for her doctorate a year into her new job and while having her second child.
'I wanted to do some kind of doctoral study because I think it is important for the job – to enable me to do it better,' she said.
'There is also a credibility issue, in that people in senior posts really should continually be developing professionally and academically, adding to their skills and broadening their outlook.'
Dr Hutchison’s thesis looked at attitudes to research trials. She found that when patients were given more information about trials, it did not increase their likelihood to participate.
Dr Hutchison is now leading cancer nurse at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and acts as nurse representative on the Glasgow Cancer Group.