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Yvonne Coghill awarded Honorary Degree at Middlesex Uni

AWARDED: Yvonne Coghill

YVONNE COGHILL has been awarded an Honorary Degree today (Dec 12) at Middlesex University London’s Winter Graduation after a career in nursing spanning over 40 years.

In 2012, Coghill was voted by NHS colleagues as one of the top 50 most inspirational women, one of the top 50 most inspiration nurse leaders and one of the top 50 BME pioneers and in December 2017 she was included in the Health Service Journal’s top 100 influential leaders list.

She is currently the Director for Workforce Race Equality Standard at NHS England and a member of the equality and diversity council and faculty member at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the United States, where she has helped develop their inclusion strategy.

Coghill has delivered lectures on inclusion and diversity at Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She continues to work closely with world expert on health and race Professor D. Williams, of Harvard University School of Public Health.

On receiving her Award, Yvonne said: is “I’m so proud and pleased that this university has given me the opportunity to talk to new graduates in nursing.

"At the same time that the NHS came into being, black and minority ethnic people were invited to this country to help build the country up after the war. I’m so proud of my mother, who unfortunately has now passed, who came to this country and helped to build the NHS. When I was very young, my mother used to take me to the hospital with her and I saw the work of wonderful nurses, caring for the most vulnerable and sick and elderly in our society."

"I never wanted to be anything other than a nurse. I’m so proud to be a nurse, it is without a doubt the best profession in the world, make no mistake."

In 2010 Coghill was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare. This year saw further accolades when Yvonne was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing, a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, an honorary fellowship from Kings College University, an honorary doctorate from Buckinghamshire University and voted one of the top 70 most inspirational nurses in the NHS over the last 70 years.

Commenting on Coghill’s Honorary Doctorate, Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, said: “I am delighted to be part of today’s ceremony and congratulate Yvonne on her incredible accomplishments to nursing, inclusion and diversity.”

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