Ros Moore, the former chief nursing officer for Scotland, is to receive an honorary doctorate from Leeds Beckett University.
Ms Moore will be given the award on 20 July in recognition of her contribution to the nursing profession.
“I am immensely proud and humbled by this award,” she said. “Studying at Leeds Beckett University as staff nurse changed my life and set the direction for my future career in Leeds and across the UK.”
“Ros has made such an important contribution to the profession of nursing over the last 30 years”
Ms Moore qualified as a nurse in 1981 before becoming a nurse teacher in the Leeds hospitals.
Following posts in clinical practice and in nurse education she became a professional development manager and then assistant director in an acute trust.
She then joined the former telephone triage service NHS Direct as lead nurse, helping to establish it nationally.
Ms Moore subsequently became director of nursing at the former health service IT body NHS Connecting for Health in 2009 and took up the post of CNO for Scotland in January 2010.
She is credited with leading work on preventing healthcare associated infections, and oversaw a reduction of 84.8% of C. difficile in patients over 65 since 2007.
She was also responsible for establishing a review of nursing and midwifery education in Scotland.
Professor Susan Price, the University’s vice chancellor, said: “Ros has made such an important contribution to the profession of nursing over the last 30 years with many notable achievements throughout her career that have made a significant difference to the quality of healthcare in Scotland and beyond.
“We are delighted to recognise Ros’s contribution to the professions with this honorary doctorate,” she added.