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Congratulations to Healthcare Sciences’ Professor Lesley Lowes for winning a NOTY 2014 award

20 November 2014

Prof Lesley Lowes
Professor Lesley Lowes, Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair of Clinical Nursing Practice Research

Congratulations to Professor Lesley Lowes, who won the award for Research in Nursing at this year's RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year awards last night.

The RCN in Wales 3rd Annual Nurse of the Year Awards ceremony and black tie dinner took place on 19th November at Cardiff City Hall, hosted by Jason Mohammad from BBC Radio Wales and Mariclare Carey-Jones from Made in Cardiff TV.

The awards are intended to celebrate those nurses who demonstrate a passion for the nursing profession and exemplify distinction in care, leadership, service and innovation. The winners are selected by a distinguished committee of nursing leaders.

The ceremony highlights the value of nursing, and honours best practice within the nursing community by identifying those who have made outstanding contributions. Nurses can be nominated by peers, teams, managers and patients.

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From Healthcare Sciences: (l-r) Rhian Barnes, Jane Davies, Gail Williams, Nicola West, Prof Lesley Lowes, Prof Sheila Hunt, Prof Billie Hunter and Prof Molly Courtenay

Professor Lowes is the UK's first Florence Nightingale Professor of Clinical Nursing Research in Wales. She has an strong reputation as an expert nurse clinician/researcher in paediatric diabetes, and is particularly concerned with the translation of research directly into clinical care, supporting and enhancing the patient experience. Her research focus this year has been the care of children who are diagnosed with diabetes. Her multi-centre randomised trial, DECIDE, compared health outcomes for children with diabetes who began insulin therapy at home with those who began the treatment in hospital and was nominated for a Quality in Care 2014 award. As the chief investigator for the trial, she achieved the largest Diabetes UK grant awarded.

Lesley won the award because the panel felt that her work exemplifies excellence in the integration of research / clinical practice, and promotes translation of research directly into clinical care.

Professor Sheila Hunt, Head of the School of Healthcare Sciences, said;

"I was delighted that Lesley's outstanding contribution to nursing research was recognised at last night's awards. Her work is making a real difference to the lives of patients and their families and it's so important that we realise and appreciate the impact that high quality nursing research can have on people's lives."

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