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A leading figure from the health and charity sector has been rewarded for her work by being awarded an Honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Sheffield.
Lucy Nickson, who is chief executive of Sheffield-based One Health Group, is a previous chief executive for two end-of-life support organisations, Ashgate Hospicecare in Chesterfield and Helen’s Trust in Bakewell.
She has been credited for transforming the care of terminally ill people during her time at both organisations and her contributions to the field of nursing in general.
Lucy, who joined One Health last year, said: “I feel truly proud and privileged to have received an Honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine. In my citation there was much mention of my nursing and health service career and I acknowledge my nursing background as key to my journey, and as key to my ability and enjoyment of leading people and organisations.
“I am determined to use my skills and leadership experience in this sector so One Health Group can be seen as part of the solution to great healthcare, working together with NHS colleagues, as well as all other partners in healthcare.”
Ray Shannon, Chairman of the One Health Group, said: “We’re absolutely delighted for Lucy. This honour is truly deserved and demonstrates her expertise, not only in this area but also her leadership skills.”
One Health, whose head office is on Psalter Lane in Sheffield, are approved by the NHS and accredited by the Care Quality Commission. They focus on providing faster, local, expert care in a range of surgical specialties for NHS patients who may otherwise have long waits for treatment.
Approximately 90 per cent of referrals to One Health clinics are made through Choose & Book (e-Referral) and services are wholly aligned with the NHS in terms of tariff and quality standards.
All clinics are consultant led and all consultants have held substantive NHS posts and have established clinical practices. Continuity of care is of paramount importance which means that patients see the same consultant from the first consultation to treatment, aftercare and discharge.
Lucy is a graduate of the University of Sheffield having completed a Diploma in Management and Leadership in 2011. Lucy also contributes Sheffield University’s Leadership conversation events.