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RCN awards

RCN Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship

Recognising individuals who have made an impact on the nursing profession

As an RCN member, if you know someone who has dedicated themselves to nursing and health care, you can nominate them for an RCN Fellowship or Honorary Fellowship. Use this page to find information on the awards and how to submit your nomination.

These prestigious awards are given for exceptional contributions to nursing or health care.


RCN Fellowships are awarded to RCN members who are registered nurses in the UK.

Honorary Fellowships

RCN Honorary Fellowships are awarded to people who are not nurses but have had a significant impact on nursing or health care.

They can also be awarded to nurses registered outside the UK.

About the awards

RCN Fellows and Honorary Fellows are an outstanding group of people who have made a real difference to others and to nursing.

The RCN often calls on the expertise and experience of Fellows to help with projects.

Fellows and Honorary Fellows are entitled to the letters FRCN after their name.

How to nominate

RCN members can submit nominations at any point during the year using the form below.

You can only nominate or support one candidate per year.

Country or regional boards, branches and forums can also submit group nominations.

RCN staff cannot submit nominations for this award.

Support for your nomination

You will need three other people to support your nomination. They do not have to be RCN members but must not be RCN staff.

Each recommendation should show how the nominee has made an exceptional contribution to nursing or health care.

The recommendations should come from a range of backgrounds to show the reach of the nominee’s work.

We recommend that you do not tell the nominee about the nomination, so they will not be disappointed if it is unsuccessful.

What to submit

The nominator and supporters should write testimonials about the nominee and submit these with the form.

Download How to write a successful supporting statement for more information.

You also need to submit contact details and brief details of the nominee’s history within the RCN.  We understand that it is hard to find out details about another person – especially while keeping it a secret – so just put as much information as you can. We can, for example, find the person’s RCN membership number for you.

The Awards Committee

The Awards Committee is made up of the President, Deputy President, Chair and Vice Chair of RCN Council, the Chief Executive & General Secretary, and other Council members.

When you submit a nomination, the Awards Committee will consider it at its next meeting. If it is successful, the award will be given out at the following Congress.

RCN award of merit

Submit your nomination

Nominate your exceptional candidate for an RCN Fellowship or Honorary Fellowship.

Download the nomination form here