Influential nursing leader Professor Janice Stevens has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Wolverhampton.
The award celebrates an illustrious career in nursing, with roles at all levels of the NHS including working as a trust director of nursing and at the Department of Health.
“It truly means a lot that the university has bestowed me with this honour”
Among many achievements Professor Stevens was awarded a CBE in 2010 for her work on three high profile programmes to reduce MRSA and C difficile and eliminate mixed-sex accommodation.
She joined Health Education England as managing director of its regional branch for the West Midlands in 2012 and became national director overseeing the work of three local education and training boards across the Midlands and East.
She has been credited with playing a leading role in developing the national return-to-practice initiative Come Back to Nursing.
In March, she was seconded from Health Education England to become interim chief nurse at Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest health service trust in England.
Professor Stevens, who was named one of nursing’s influential leaders by Nursing Times last year, said she was “deeply honoured” to be awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the university’s faculty of education, health and wellbeing.
“I have dedicated my career to working on improving and developing nursing and patient care in the UK and over the years have felt proud to have been able to implement changes I know have improved care,” she said.
“It truly means a lot that the university has bestowed me with this honour,” she adde