A University of Surrey nursing professor has been awarded an international award for specialists in children’s cancer care, the first time a nurse has received the accolade.
Professor Faith Gibson has become the first nurse to be awarded a prestigious Lifetime Achievement award from the International Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOP).
“This award reflects her enormous contribution to paediatric cancer nursing”
The SIOP Lifetime Achievement award is granted to individuals from the paediatric oncology community who are renowned for their dedication and scientific excellence in children’s cancer care.
Professor Gibson, deputy chief nurse for research at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, is an internationally respected expert in children’s and young people’s cancer care.
She has extensively researched ways to improve their experience of cancer therapies and their aftercare. Her acclaimed work in this field led to a fellowship with the Royal College of Nursing.
Professor Gibson said: “I am delighted my work in this area has been recognised, and I hope I am the first of many nurses to receive this award.
“Nurses not only treat the illness, they treat the patient too and it is important that we understand and implement steps that will improve their care, particularly that of children and young people,” she said.
Professor Melaine Coward, head of school of health sciences at Surrey University, said: “Congratulations to Faith on this fantastic achievement.
“This award reflects her enormous contribution to paediatric cancer nursing and to the development of clinical academics undertaking research into improving the lives of children with cancer,” she said.
SIOP has over 1,600 members worldwide including doctors, nurses, other healthcare professionals, scientists and researchers.
It was formed in France in 1969 with the aim to advance the study and care of children with cancer.