A leading sexual health nurse in Northern Ireland has been awarded an honorary fellowship from a college for her work in an important area of care “often viewed as a taboo”.
Claire Galloway, clinical lead nurse for sexual health at the Northern Health & Social Care Trust, received the accolade from Northern Regional College in recognition of her success in transforming and modernising the trust’s sexual health service.
“She has had a profound impact in improving sexual health and wellbeing for all members of society”
Professor Terri Scott
Ms Galloway also developed ‘The Clinic’ - an innovative partnership with the college which promotes good sexual health to young people and provides advice, treatment and testing on campus.
The clinical lead nurse previously won the Royal College of Nursing’s ‘Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year’ award.
Professor Terri Scott, principal and chief executive of Northern Regional College, said: “Claire is an inspiration, tackling an important subject which is often viewed as a ‘taboo’.
“We have brought much-needed health services into the heart of communities”
“The development of the clinic as it is today is down to Claire’s innovative approach to her work and her outstanding level of commitment,” she said.
“She has had a profound impact in improving sexual health and wellbeing for all members of society,” Professor Scott added.
Ms Galloway said receiving the award from the college, with which she has worked for many years, was an “honour”.
“Working alongside the college, we have brought much-needed health services into the heart of communities, and I look forward to continuing this important work with them,” she added.
She received the honorary fellowship at Northern Regional College’s winter graduations yesterday.