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The chief nurse of Health Education England has been awarded an honorary degree for his “inspirational” nursing leadership including during the coronavirus pandemic.
Professor Mark Radford, who is also one of England’s deputy chief nursing officers, said he was honoured to receive the title from Staffordshire University.
“I’m delighted to receive this recognition from my peers and from such a great university”
The university said Professor Radford was being “recognised for his role as inspirational leader”.
It cited his work leading HEE’s response to Covid-19, which included the paid placement programme for student nurses to support colleagues in tackling the crisis.
Professor Radford, who lives in the West Midlands and has lectured for Staffordshire University, is also now heading up the workforce and training workstream of the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
“I’m delighted to receive this recognition from my peers and from such a great university – an institution with the highest standards for the teaching of its students and the ethos of its research agenda,” said Professor Radford.
“It is a real honour, but as ever with such awards, it is important to reflect that I have not got here alone.
“I have been part of teams all my career, with colleagues and mentors who have helped my endeavour to pursue excellence in clinical care, research and leadership in the NHS.”
“We couldn’t wait any longer to recognise the tremendous work of our new honorary graduates”
He was chosen for the award as part of the university’s honours list last year but the bestowal of the honorary degrees was postponed due the pandemic.
Others on the list alongside Professor Radford include business leaders, a former MP and an international peacekeeper.
University vice-chancellor and chief executive Professor Liz Barnes said: “These inspirational people should have been recognised at our awards ceremonies last year but, sadly, these were put on hold because of the pandemic.
“We’ve recently heard about those people with connections to Staffordshire University who were recognised in the New Year honours and decided we couldn’t wait any longer to recognise the tremendous work of our new honorary graduates.”
She added that a ceremony would take place “when normal service resumes”.