Published date
Tuesday, 3 January, 2017

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Professor of Stroke Care has been awarded the DBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Professor Caroline Watkins, who is the only stroke care professor in the UK, was honoured for her services to stroke and nursing care.

Professor Watkins has been a nurse for nearly 40 years and has worked at UCLan for 15 years. Most recently, she has co-led, with her close colleague and childhood friend Denise Forshaw, the UK arm of an international study into acute stroke care called HeadPost, which is one of the largest trials of a nursing care in the world.

She is also Director of the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit, a fellow of the European Stroke Organisation and a member of the World Stroke Organisation. Earlier this year, Professor Watkins was recognised with a Special Recognition Life After Stroke Award by us for her contribution to improving the lives of stroke survivors through better stroke care and research.

Commenting on her award Professor Watkins said: “When I got the letter I couldn’t believe it. I thought it couldn’t be real. To be knighted is amazing and I can’t quite get my head around it. My husband and son are all really proud of me, and my mum will be when she finds out. I’ve got a busy diary next year but I will of course not miss the chance to receive this honour from the Queen.”

For the full story, visit the University of Central Lancashire website.

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