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RCN Fellows and Honorary Fellows

RCN Fellowship is the highest honour we can give to our members. 

Fellows are inspirational leaders who have made an exceptional contribution to nursing and improving health care. A distinguished community of professionals, Fellows work with us to influence policy, practice, education and research. In doing so, they are leading and influencing change for the benefit of nursing and ultimately, patients.  

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Professor Daniel Kelly OBE, RN, FRCN, Convenor of RCN Fellows

Advancing the science and practice of nursing

A collection of articles by RCN Fellows to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020.

21 blog posts
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Our publications

RCN Fellows are widely and regularly published. Read their latest work.
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Directory of Fellows

Search our alphabetised directory to dig further into our Fellows’ professional experience and expertise.
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Roll of honour

View the list of exceptional individuals honoured with an RCN Fellowship.
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The role of a Fellow

Find out more about a Fellow’s role and responsibilities.
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How to nominate

RCN members can submit nominations at any point during the year. 
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Hear from RCN Fellows

The Nursing Matters podcast regularly features RCN Fellows discussing nursing issues.

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Meet the coordinating team

Find out more about our coordinating committee members.

RCN Fellows 2023

'Being awarded a Fellowship was a highlight of my career’

Dr Calvin Moorley tells us what it’s really like being part of the RCN Fellowship, why representation is so important, and how collaborating with other Fellows will enrich his work.

Watch previous Fellows events

This RCN Fellows event explored how changes in health and medicine have affected the complex needs of young people, and how nursing research and practice has helped improve care. This event was chaired by Professor Sir Alan Craft. Speakers included RCN Fellows Professor Jane Coad and Ray McMorrow. This was a hybrid event, held both online and in person in June 2023.


In this RCN Fellows event, three pioneering speakers came together on World Mental Health Day 2022 to discuss the current landscape of mental health nursing.

The speakers on the panel were: Cecilia Anim CBE FRSA FRCN; Catherine Gamble FRCN; and Roland Dix FRCN. The event was introduced by Professor Danny Kelly OBE FRCN, and chaired by Simon Arday.

This session was held online and recorded on 10 October 2022.


This event, hosted by Jim Campbell of the World Health Organisation (WHO), was the third in a series highlighting significant contributions to nursing.

Hear from a panel of RCN Fellows – David Benton, Jane Salvage and Neslyn Watson-Druée – about the past, present and future of nursing and politics, and why nurses and the public should engage with the political context of healthcare. This event was held online in May 2022.


Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson hosts a panel of nursing experts, to find out why patients need well-educated nurses. Hear from a panel of RCN Fellows – Hilary Chapman, Brendan McCormack and Sonja McIlfatrick - about the past, present and future of nursing education, and why patients need well-educated nurses. This event was held online in October 2021.


Nurse and author of The Language of Kindness Christie Watson hosts this event highlighting significant contributions to nursing.

Hear from three RCN Fellows – Jane Ball, Tara Bartley and Ruth Oshikanlu – about the challenges and opportunities the COVID-19 pandemic has presented for nursing.

This event was held online in May 2021.


Fellows reception April 2023