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The first ever Royal Marsden School student in Supportive and Palliative Care has graduated – along with 37 graduands – at the School’s annual ceremony on 30 October 2018.
Katherine Hall was awarded her BSc (Hons) during the graduation ceremony at St Luke’s and Christ Church in Chelsea. In total, 38 students received their academic awards, including seven students who were awarded an MSc in Advanced Practice Cancer Clinical Care and Healthcare Practice (Cancer).
Twenty-two graduates were also awarded The Royal Marsden Hospital Certificate and Badge. The badge honours those who work for The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and have made a significant contribution to clinical practice and/or service in the Trust while studying for their qualifications.
The graduation ceremony started with a welcome from Cally Palmer CBE, Chief Executive of The Royal Marsden, before Dr Catherine Wilson, Head of The School, gave her speech. In it, she congratulated all the graduands for successfully completing ‘a demanding course of study’, balancing their education with their clinical work and personal lives.
Dr Wilson also gave a special mention to Mary Woods during her speech. Mary is the nurse consultant for Lymphoedema Services and joined The Royal Marsden more than 37 years ago. She holds a lifetime achievement award from the British Lymphology Society and wrote the definitive textbook on lymphoedema care, which remains the core text on the subject for students and healthcare professionals in the UK.
Mary is a true expert in her field, and uses her knowledge, skills and personhood to make a difference to patients’ lives. She brings clinical expertise, gentleness, experience and a huge bank of knowledge.
'Mary – your links with us illustrate excellent education – and I’d like to publicly thank you for your commitment and support of the School and our students.’said Dr Wilson.
The ceremony finished with closing remarks from Eamonn Sullivan, Chief Nurse at The Royal Marsden, who hoped that the graduates’ relationship with the School would continue in future.
All of the School’s current academic qualifications are validated by the University of East Anglia. The lecturers and staff at The School work in partnership with UEA staff in the School of Health Sciences to deliver innovative education that supports healthcare professionals.
For the past 15 years, the majority of the School’s graduation ceremonies have been held at St Luke’s. Since 2002, more than 600 students have graduated from the School, joining an elite group of alumni.