Honorary doctorate for Sheffield nurse

Professor Hilary Chapman receiving her award from the University of Sheffield's Chancellor, Sir Peter Middleton.
Professor Hilary Chapman receiving her award from the University of Sheffield's Chancellor, Sir Peter Middleton.
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The woman in charge of nursing at Sheffield’s hospitals has been awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of her contribution to healthcare across the country.

Professor Hilary Chapman, chief nurse for the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been made an honorary doctor of medicine by the University of Sheffield.

Professor Chapman is one of the country’s most prominent chief nurses and has made major contributions to health policy, healthcare delivery and system reform, most recently co-leading on the development of the Safer Nursing Care Toolkit.

This system is now used widely in hospitals throughout the UK and helps determine safe nurse staffing levels on acute wards depending on how sick or dependent patients are.

Plans are now underway to develop similar tools for A&E departments and other specialty wards.

Professor Chapman said: “I am passionate about nursing and the fundamental values of excellence in patient care, the patient experience, nursing practice and the bigger health and social care picture, so I feel very privileged and humbled to have received this honour from such a respected and esteemed institution.”

Professor Paul White, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the University of Sheffield, added: “We are delighted to award Professor Chapman an honorary degree in recognition of her significant contribution to healthcare and the development of the nursing profession. She is an excellent role model for all those entering the healthcare professions, and has brought great benefits to the city of Sheffield and the surrounding region through her pursuit of the highest quality of nursing provision.”

Professor Chapman trained as a nurse in Sheffield in the 1980s, going on to work at the Northern General Hospital.

She has worked as chief nurse at Kettering General Hospital and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust, returning to Sheffield to work for the Teaching Hospitals Trust in 2006. She is also a visiting professor at Sheffield Hallam University.

Professor Chapman was awarded a CBE for services to nursing in 2012.