Children’s nurse Marcelle de Sousa was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement” award last night at the annual Nursing Times awards.
Ms de Sousa, who retired in 2008 after more than 30 years in nursing, is widely respected for the new developments that she has led in children’s renal nursing and adolescent healthcare.
Ms de Sousa was chosen to receive the award by the UK’s four chief nursing officers. She dedicated it to her young patients.
Ms de Sousa is also former chair of Royal College of Nursing’s adolescent health forum and received an MBE in June 2009 for her work in setting up the pioneering adolescent unit at University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
She remains involved with a number of charities, including as a council member of the British Kidney Patient Association and a trustee of Action for Sick Children.