Pioneering Nurses

Inspired by the opportunity to celebrate the Year of the Nurse and Midwife back in 2020, we developed the concept of ‘pioneering nurses’ to celebrate and champion those who are driving palliative care forward and shaping end of life care at a local, national and international level. Our finalists are below.

      Alison Colclough

      Homelessness and end of life care: how a pioneering spirit led the way for change in the UK

      Anita Astell

      Improving end of life care for care homes residents by promoting the role of nurses

      Anu Savio

      Transforming palliative care for all: using education to change attitudes and approaches

      David Kenneth Wright

      Helping nurses recognise the true value of their work so they can optimise patient care

      Debbie Quinn

      Campaigning nurse Debbie is an advocate for patients safe use of medicinal cannabis

      Dr Jo Wilson

      Clinician, teacher, leader, academic: the four-way route to nursing success

      Esther Apolot

      Dedicated Esther goes the extra mile for some of the poorest communities in Uganda

      Gemma del Torro

      Learning disability and end of life care: How a pioneering spirit fought for equity of care

      Helen Way

      Using clinical and human skills to meet patients’ needs as early as possible

      Janane Hanna

      Putting nurses at the heart of palliative care through education at every level

      Jennifer Kennedy

      Mastering the art and science of end of life care to support nurses in their daily work

      Jo Tam

      Empowering the nursing profession in China: how a campaigner for change is using QELCA© to transform end of life care

      Joanne Reid

      Improving the quality of life for people with cachexia and their families

      Josie Roberts

      Bringing health teams together to ensure the best end of life care for children at home

      Julia Downing

      Encouraging nurses to find their voice and realise that what they say really can have impact

      Kath Murray

      On a mission to improve care of the dying by developing excellent education and resources, and supporting educators and direct caregivers

      Lailatul Ferdous

      Building Bangladesh’s palliative care system from paediatric wards to inner city slums

      Mahoganie Hines

      Tireless advocate for person-centred care and more equitable integration of palliative care approach

      Minna Hökkä

      Putting nurses at the heart of palliative care through education at every level

      Naomi Hasson

      Embedding person centred palliative care in communities – from the ground up

      Pisey Oung

      Pioneering Pisey drives deeper understanding of palliative care in Cambodia

      Ruth Glew

      Talking about death and dying: one nurse’s campaign to help colleagues communicate better

      Sarah Owens

      Talking about death and dying: one nurse’s campaign to help colleagues communicate better

      Sharron Tolman

      UK’s first Admiral Nurse is an influential force for positive change

      Sheeba R.S

      Reducing patient suffering across India through Palliative Care training programme

      Terrymize Immanuel

      Disseminating good palliative care practice using a public health approach

      Yangden Paki

      Putting palliative care on the map: launching a nation’s first service against the odds