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UCLan PhD Student wins Urology Nurse of the Year Award

17 April 2014

Jessica Pratt

Sarah receives recognition at prestigious nursing awards ceremony  

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) PhD student has been named Urology Nurse of the Year by the British Journal of Nursing.

Sarah Doyle beat nurses from across the country to win the prize at the UK’s largest and most prestigious nursing awards ceremony.

She commented: “I was delighted to win the British Journal of Nursing Urology Nurse of the Year award. This award has helped me to celebrate the value of bringing together research and practice in order to improve outcomes and experience for children, young people and their families.”

The national awards aim to ‘recognise excellence [and] acknowledges the enormous contribution individual nurses make towards the development of the profession as a whole’.

Sarah’s Director of Studies and Professor of Children’s Nursing Bernie Carter was thrilled to see Sarah’s hard work acknowledged with a national award. She said: “She certainly deserves it. As her Director of Studies, I am able to confirm that she brings the same dedication and passion to her PhD studies. It is lovely to see Sarah’s research work develop and I am sure that her PhD thesis will be a wonderful contribution to knowledge and practice.”

Qualifying as a registered children’s nurse fifteen years ago, Sarah quickly took up a position as a general surgical nurse at Alder Hey’s Children Hospital in Liverpool. After completing an MSc as an Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner, Sarah chose to focus on paediatric urology full-time. She is now working as a Urology Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner at Alder Hey alongside teaching at Edge Hill University and undertaking her PhD part-time at UCLan.

 

“This award has helped me to celebrate the value of bringing together research and practice in order to improve outcomes and experience for children, young people and their families.”

Sarah has played a critical part in developing innovative new changes to practice and implementing these as part of her team at Alder Hey. They have been responsible for treatments such as tibial nerve stimulation for refractory over active bladders and the use of entonox for children and young people undergoing procedural urethral catheterisation. In conjunction with this, Sarah has had the opportunity to visit world centres of excellence and attend national and international conferences.

Subsequently, other centres across the UK have adopted the clinical practices that Sarah has been involved with at Alder Hey and this has resulted in improvements in patient quality of care.

Sarah’s talents include an ability to recognise and think of creative ways to address areas where there is limited evidence and she is currently undertaking her PhD in UCLan’s School of Health where she is investigating ‘Young people’s experiences of growing up with a bladder augmentation’.

Sarah collected her award at the annual awards ceremony which was presented to her by TV’s Dr Phil Hammond and Angus Estcourt, the Regional Business Manager at Teva’s Speciality Secondary Care Business Unit. The ceremony took place at the Swan Underglobe, London, where the country's top nursing practitioners and professionals enjoyed an evening of celebration of excellence and achievement in nursing.

The prize winner said the key to her successes was: “the invaluable support and guidance I have received from both the clinical and academic team around me.” She is due to complete her PhD in September 2016.