Chair of Inspire Professor Hugh McKenna Named Among Most Influential Nurses

17 August 2018

To mark the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service, NHS England and Nursing Standard, have compiled a list of the 70 most influential nurses in the history of the health service.

Chair of Inspire Professor Hugh McKenna Named Among Most Influential Nurses

We’re delighted to report that our own Professor Hugh McKenna, Chair of Inspire, has been named on this prestigious list.

England’s Chief Nursing Officer Jane Cummings, one of the judges, said ‘a striking similarity between nurses and midwives of the past and those today is in the values they adopt.’

‘I am pleased to be able to say that the 6Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment – as a value base for nursing, midwifery and care staff, continue to underpin the work of all staff.’

Professor Hugh McKenna’s published work has been cited more than 10,000 times. He has received a host of awards, including fellowships of the RCN, the European Academy of Nursing and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, an RCN lifetime achievement award and an honorary degree from Edinburgh Napier University. He was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to healthcare and to the community in Northern Ireland. In 2009 he was made an international fellow of the American Academy of Nursing – only the third person in Europe to be given the honour and the 15th worldwide.

Peter McBride, CEO of Inspire said “Given Hugh’s enormous contribution to healthcare nationally and internationally, currently, as Ulster University’s Dean of Medical School Development and in particular, in light of his long commitment to Inspire and the people who use our services , we can only emphatically agree with the judges’ assessment.”

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