Nursing Times editor Jenni Middleton has received an honorary degree from her local university, which described her as an “innovative, forward-thinking and excellent role model for students”.
Ms Middleton, who became editor of Nursing Times in 2010, was made an Honorary Doctor of Health Science by Anglia Ruskin University during a graduation ceremony in Cambridge on Monday.
“Jenni is an innovative, forward-thinking professional”
The university noted that, since joining Nursing Times, she had “steered” the title to an ever growing collection of awards, culminating in her being named editor of the year at the 2016 Professional Publishers Association Awards – the “Oscars of journalism”.
She was also named editor of the year by the Medical Journalists’ Association in 2015 and, under her leadership, the title has won three Online Media Awards, a British Media Award and Two British Society of Magazine Editors’ Awards.
Announcing her honorary degree, Anglia Ruskin also highlighted that campaigning to improve the recognition and rights of nurses was a “core part” of Nursing Times’ heritage, which had “continued under Jenni’s editorship”.
In particular, it highlighted the successful Seat on the Board campaign to win places for nurses on the governing bodies of clinical commissioning groups, and the Speak Out Safely campaign to ensure all healthcare organisations listen to their staff when they raise genuine patient safety concerns.
“Sir Jonathan has a close affinity with our region”
In addition, the university noted Ms Middleton’s local ties, having grown up in Cambridgeshire and attended Hills Road Sixth Form College before taking her first journalism role at Geo-Information International.
Paul Baxter, director of the Academic Office at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “Jenni has been a welcome guest at our Cambridge campus, and she was very supportive of our Stop the Pressure student-led conference.
“Anglia Ruskin was one of the first universities to join up to the Speak Out Safely campaign, and we have been well represented at the Student Nursing Times Awards,” he said, giving her citation at the ceremony.
“Jenni is an innovative, forward-thinking professional who will be an excellent role model for our students,” he added.
In addition, the university conferred an honorary degree on Sir Jonathan Asbridge, a former NHS director of nursing and leader of nursing’s professional regulator.
Sir Jonathan, currently clinical director of independent provider Healthcare at Home, received the award of Honorary Doctor of Health Science.
Healthcare at Home is one of the UK’s largest home healthcare providers. It employs more than 1,500 employees, almost half of which are experienced registered nurses and clinical professionals.
Nursing Times editor honoured as ‘excellent role model’
Sir Jonathan has previously been chief nurse at The London NHS Foundation Trust and was inaugural president of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, as well as other NHS management roles.
In 2006, he was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the NHS and nursing.
His link to Cambridgeshire is that he was a former general manager and director of clinical care service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Professor Iain Martin, vice chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said: “With a background firmly rooted in practice, Sir Jonathan has brought his extensive frontline experience to his diverse executive roles, ensuring policy decisions are informed by sound practical knowledge.
“Sir Jonathan has a close affinity with our region, and he will be an excellent role model for our nursing and healthcare students,” he added.