The UK’s only nursing professor of stroke care has been made a fellow of the European Stroke Association.
Caroline Watkins is professor of stroke and older people’s care and director of research for the school of health at the University of Central Lancashire.
Professor Watkins leads one of the largest stroke care research teams in the country and has been working in stroke research for 20 years.
She led the development of the UK’s Stroke-Specific Education Framework and helped set up the International Network for Stroke Professionals Interested in Rehabilitation and Evidence-based practice.
Professor Watkins is one of only a small number of nurses and allied health professionals to be awarded status of fellow of ESO, which is most typically given to doctors.
The organisation works to share education and training opportunities across the EU and, as a result, reduce the number of stroke-associated deaths and burden caused by stroke across Europe.
Commenting on the award, professor Watkins said: “It is a huge honour to receive such international recognition for our contribution to stroke care and research. This would not have been possible without the help of Dr Bernard Gibbon and University of Central Lancashire who have offered unwavering support and allowed my research team to grow from strength to strength.
“We are truly committed to improving the quality of stroke care and it is wonderful for this to be acknowledged by our colleagues,” she added.