An expert on palliative care nursing and its education has been recognised for his contribution to the specialty with a lifetime achievement award.
Robert Becker, a former lecturer in palliative care and regular contributor to Nursing Times, received the accolade from the International Journal of Palliative Nursing.
“To be recognised by my peers in this way is a huge honour”
Mr Becker, who now writes fiction, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award last week during a ceremony held at the Royal College of GPs in London.
Now retired, he was formerly a senior lecturer, with joint teaching appointments between Severn Hospice in Shropshire and Staffordshire University’s faculty of health in Shrewsbury.
Over the last 20 or so years, he is credited with developed a teaching and advisory role in a number of European countries and regularly leading palliative care study tours for health professionals.
In addition, he was previously a consultant editor of the IJPN and was on the executive committee of the National Association for Palliative Care Educators.
He remains an associate lecturer at Worcester University’s Centre for Palliative Care.
“His academic teaching and humanitarian work in several countries has been inspirational”
Professor Bridget Johnston, who presented the award on behalf of the journal, said: “Bob’s contribution to palliative care education in the UK and internationally has been exemplary.
“His academic teaching and humanitarian work in several countries has been inspirational,” she said.
She added: “Combined with his extensive publishing, including web-based courses, he has made a huge difference to the knowledge and skills of nurses across the globe.”
On receiving his award, Mr Becker said: “To be recognised by my peers in this way is a huge honour.
“The challenges of educating nurses about the importance of caring for the dying in whatever setting are huge in these times of austerity, but I know the immense value that nurses place on such skills,” he said.
“It goes to core of what caring is all about and keeps us in touch with our humanity,” he added.
Meanwhile, Jackie Whiller, inpatient unit sister at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, was named palliative care nurse of the year for 2017.
‘Inspirational’ nurse educator recognised with award
- A full list of this year’s winners is available on the IJPC website