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RCN Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship

Recognising individuals who have made an exceptional commitment to advancing the science and practice of nursing and the improvement of health care

As an RCN member, if there is someone who you admire, respect and feel deserves to join this eminent group of members, 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.

RCN Awards 2019

Submit your nomination

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

Download the nomination form here

About the awards

The RCN elects a small number of new Fellows and Honorary Fellows each year.

The RCN Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship recognise individuals who have made an exceptional commitment to advancing the science and practice of nursing and the improvement of health care.

Nominees are normally inspiring individuals put forward by peers to acknowledge the experience, accomplishments and dedication to the nursing profession of their colleagues.

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

The RCN often calls on the expertise and experience of Fellows to help with developing our professional policy positions, practice standards and services.

RCN Fellowship

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

RCN Honorary Fellowship

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.

How to nominate

RCN members can submit nominations at any point during the year using this nomination form

You can only nominate or support one candidate per year.

Country or regional boards, branches and forums can 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.

When to submit

The deadline for nominations to be considered for presentation at Congress 2019 in Liverpool has now passed; any nominations received from now on will not be considered until 2020.

Paul Hancock FRCN

Being a Fellow is an honour and provides me with the opportunity to give something back to this worthwhile organisation and the nurses and nursing profession that it serves.

Paula Hancock FRCN Awarded the RCN Fellowship in 2015

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.

Tara Bartley FRCN