A nurse with a lifelong career in surgical care has been honoured by the UK’s oldest surgical royal college.
Susan Hall has been given the first ever honorary fellowship from the Faculty of Perioperative Care at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
“I am truly honoured to have been awarded this fellowship”
She was nominated in recognition for her “tireless work” in helping to develop a support network for staff working in perioperative teams.
Ms Hall’s role in highlighting the work of surgical nurses, assistants and technicians was described as being “instrumental” in the setting up of the Faculty of Perioperative Care.
She described it as “humbling” to be nominated for the award. “I am truly honoured to have been awarded this fellowship,” she said.
“I am fortunate to have fully achieved my life’s ambitions throughout my career, and to be recognised for these is an incredible accomplishment,” she added.
Ms Hall grew up in Merseyside and qualified as a nurse in Liverpool in 1974. In 2003 she was appointed a surgical assistant, now known as surgical care practitioner.
“Once I set foot inside an operating theatre, I knew that this was the specialist area for me”
She later undertook an MSc in Clinical Sciences at the University of Leicester and is now a senior lecturer in surgical care practice at Anglia Ruskin University.
“From a very early age I knew I wanted to be a nurse,” she said. “This was an unwavering ambition.
“Once I started my training and set foot inside an operating theatre, I knew that this was the specialist area for me,” she added.
Her involvement with the Association for Perioperative Practice and the Short Life Working Group – set up last year to improve safety in the use of medicines – led to her exploring the potential for the new faculty.
Now in its second year, the faculty was set up to take account of the role that surgical care practitioners, surgical first assistants and others play in the wider surgical team.
“I fully support the work undertaken by the Faculty of Perioperative Care,” said Ms Hall.
“It’s a forum for others like me, who have taken the perioperative career path and have been waiting for many years for a support network to assist in our growth and development,” she said.
“Susan’s work has been instrumental to our faculty and crucial to her peers”
Ms Hall was nominated for the fellowship by Charles Auld, who leads the faculty and is a consultant general surgeon at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.
“Susan’s work in designing an educational framework, and developing the perioperative career, has been instrumental to our faculty and crucial to her peers,” he said.
He added: “It was an easy decision to present Susan with its first-ever fellowship – to honour the time and passion she has invested over the years.”
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was founded in 1505 as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh. It is one of the oldest surgical bodies in the world and has a membership of about 25,000 across 100 countries.
Its stated aim is to improve safety and outcomes in the delivery of surgical treatment and patient care.