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Student celebrates being named among nation’s best

Top: Sarah with TVs Dr Phil Hammond and Angus Estcourt from Tevas Business Unit

Top: Sarah with TVs Dr Phil Hammond and Angus Estcourt from Tevas Business Unit

A university of Central Lancashire student has scooped a top national award.

Sarah Doyle beat nurses from across the country to be named Urology Nurse of the Year by the British Journal of Nursing.

The PhD student picked up the accolade at the UK’s largest and most prestigious nursing awards ceremony.

She said: “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’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 15 years ago, Sarah became a general surgical nurse at Alder Hey’s Children Hospital in Liverpool. After completing an MSc as an Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner, Sarah focussed 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.

Sarah has been credited with playing a critical part in developing innovative new changes to practice, some of which had been adopted by centres around the country.

She is currently undertaking her PhD in UCLan’s School of Health.

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