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Sheffield trust chief nurse Hilary Chapman given honorary doctorate


Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust chief nurse Hilary Chapman has been awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of her major contribution to healthcare.

Professor Chapman, who has led pioneering work in safe staffing, was made an honorary doctor of medicine by the University of Sheffield.

Among her contributions to health policy, Professor Chapman co-created the Safer Nursing Care Toolkit, which is used in hospitals across the UK to help calculate safe staffing levels. It was endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence last year.

“We are delighted to award Professor Chapman an honorary degree in recognition of her significant contribution to healthcare and the development of the nursing profession,” said university deputy vice chancellor Professor Paul White.

“[Hilary Chapman] is an excellent role model for all those entering the healthcare professions”

University of Sheffield deputy vice-chancellor

“She is an excellent role model for all those entering the healthcare professions and has brought great benefits to the city of Sheffield through her pursuit of the highest quality nursing provision.”

Ms Chapman trained as a nurse in Sheffield in the 1980s going on to work at the Northern General Hospital as a staff nurse in cardiothoracic surgery and critical care sister.

She has been chief nurse at both Kettering General Hospital and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust.

“I am passionate about the fundamental values of excellence in patient care, the patient experienceand nursing practice”

Hilary Chapman

In her current role at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals FT she regularly returns to the frontline, working at least one clinical shift each month, which she describes as “one of the most important and valuable things” she does.

“I am passionate about nursing and the fundamental values of excellence in patient care, the patient experience, nursing practice and the bigger health and social care picture.

“So I feel very privileged and humbled to have received this honour from such a respected and esteemed institution,” she said.

Professor Chapman is a visiting professor at Sheffield Hallam University, an advisory board member of the National Institute for Healthcare Research and also a non-executive director of the National Skills Academy for Health.

She was awarded a CBE for her services to nursing in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2012.


Readers' comments (2)

  • How lovely! The fact that she continues to do clinical shifts each month earns her the title alone!
    I'd love to see nurse directors and heads of nursing in other boards do this!!! A reality check is what most of them need! I don't think any of them have gone near a patient in years yet they are the ones making all of the decisions around nursing practice.
    Well done Hilary Chapman

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  • Good for Professor Chapman. Obviously well merited and patients still able to benefit from her competent hands on care.
    It is a shame so many experienced go into administrative posts and don't share the experience of their careers with their patients and staff.

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