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Cardiovascular research leader named finalist at Nurse of the Year Awards for ‘inspiring excellence’

Cardiovascular research leader named finalist at Nurse of the Year Awards for ‘inspiring excellence’

22nd April 2024

A senior figure in Scotland’s research landscape has been named a finalist in the Nurse of the Year Awards taking place next month

Professor Lis Neubeck, Clinical Champion of the Cardiovascular Network at NHS Research Scotland (NRS), is nominated in the ‘Inspiring Excellence – Nursing Innovation and Research Award’ category of the annual celebration, organised by Scotland’s Royal College of Nursing.

She has been singled out in her role as Head of Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Cardiovascular Health Research with the awards ceremony taking place at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on 23 May.

The ‘Inspiring Excellence’ category – sponsored by NHS Grampian – recognises those who have “improved the care of people through innovation, research and transformation” and “influenced change with a measurable impact on outcomes and/or experience”.

In being shortlisted, Professor Neubeck had to specifically demonstrate qualities including her commitment to person-centred care, innovation, and delivering high quality services that make a difference to the people receiving that care.

Also on the shortlist are Dr Deborah Baldie, Lead Nurse Research and Development, NHS Grampian, and Professor Juliet MacArthur, Chief Nurse Research & Development NHS Lothian/Honorary Professor of Practice, Queen's University Belfast.

Lis said: “I’m honoured to be named a finalist by RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year Awards judges. It’s humbling to be recognised among those who exemplify the innovation, leadership, and dedication to learning displayed within the nursing community.

“I remain hugely committed to identifying and delivering research which heightens access to innovative solutions for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, representing one of the key goals for Scottish healthcare, not to mention my work focus and passion.

“Innovation, research, and transformation are pivotal to this period of recovery and renewal, and nurses, nursing support workers, and nursing students are key agents of change in those areas.

“I’m proud to have the opportunity of attending the ceremony to be part of celebrating their unwavering commitment and exceptional dedication to providing high-quality care.”

Cardiovascular Champion Support Manager at NRS, Mary McAuley said: “I wholeheartedly congratulate Lis on her wonderful award nomination. It is a reflection of her utter dedication to her profession and consistently inspiring inclusive transformation for future generations.

“Her role is about changing lives for the better and demonstrating just what can be achieved in vital areas of Scottish healthcare. Being named a finalist shows that she is not only achieving that, but doing so in an outstanding way.”

Commenting on the finalists announcement, Julie Lamberth, RCN Scotland Board Chair said: “The judges were overwhelmed by both the quantity and quality of nominations received. Narrowing down the selection to today's finalists was a formidable task. I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to showcase the innovation and commitment of nurses, nursing support workers and nursing students. Regardless of the outcome, all our finalists exemplify the daily dedication of nursing staff in delivering the best of nursing care for the people of Scotland.”

Lis was ‘highly commended’ in the Services to Medicine category of the Scottish Women’s Awards in September last year.

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