14 June 2014
OBE for dermatology nurse
Huge congratulations to Dermatology Nurse Consultant Sandra
Lawton who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours
Sandra, who has been working in Nottingham's hospitals for
almost 40 years, received the honour for her services to
She became the second dermatology nursing consultant in the UK
in 2002 and set up the first liaison service between primary and
secondary care. She has been instrumental in research in to eczema
and has had over 140 articles published.
Although she found about the OBE five weeks ago she has had to
keep it under wraps until today's official announcement.
She said: "I was gobsmacked when I found out. It's just
"I was away on holiday and my children found out when they
opened my post for me. It's been so difficult trying to keep it
Sandra began working as a nurse at the age of 16, at the former
Eye Hospital in Ropewalk. She began working in dermatology in 1987.
She developed the role of Dermatology Liaison Sister - a UK first -
and lectures on advanced nursing and the nurse consultant's
In 2007 she was honoured with the title of Queen's Nurse and in
2012 was made a Fellow of the Queen's Nursing Institute.
She said: "I have won other awards for my work in the past but
this is so special.
"My family are really proud and I know that my patients will be
chuffed. I think it's important to say that none of this would have
been possible without the support of my fantastic patients and
colleagues over the years so I'd like to say a big thank you to
Sandra will be travelling down to London to collect her honour
later this year - but it won't be the first time she has met the
Queen. In 1977 she formed part of the guard of honour which
welcomed Her Royal Highness when she opened the Queen's Medical
Jenny Leggott, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Nottingham
University Hospitals, said: "This is fantastic news and
well-deserved. Sandra's passion and commitment to helping
dermatology patients is unrivalled. Her work has made a real
difference to the lives of many people over the years.
"Nottingham's hospitals have been very lucky to have the benefit
of her expertise over the last four decades and I know her fellow
colleagues and patients will join me in saying a huge