"I was extremely delighted and honoured to receive such a prestigious award from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists...It was a truly memorable day and one that I will never forget."
Professor Christine Kettle, Emerita Professor
An award, acknowledging the highest level of dedication and achievement in clinical care and women's healthcare, has been presented to a Staffordshire University academic.
Emerita Professor Christine Kettle received the Fellowship Honoris Causa from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), which is bestowed on individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of obstetrics and gynaecology.
Professor Kettle is internationally recognised for her expertise in the field of perineal trauma following childbirth and from 2004 held a joint appointment as Professor of Women’s Health at Staffordshire University and the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
She is a consultant in the specialty and has received several prestigious awards for her research work, including two competitive fellowships from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust and the Smith & Nephew Foundation.
Professor Kettle's meticulous research and clinical trials allowed her to achieve a PhD and to have her work publicised in high-impact journals such as the BMJ, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and the Lancet.
Professor Kettle commented: "I was extremely delighted and honoured to receive such a prestigious award from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in recognition of my work and dedication in improving perineal care for women. It was a truly memorable day and one that I will never forget. Thanks to Professor Shaughn O'Brien for nominating me."
Professor Shaughn O'Brien from the RCOG said: “Professor Kettle's passion, enthusiasm and desire to improve women's health is recognised by everyone. She has ensured that her research has become embedded within clinical practice nationally and beyond.
“This then led her to establish one of the country's first multidisciplinary perineal trauma clinics. It was a great privilege to present Professor Christine Kettle for the fellowship.”
Dr Nigel Thomas, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Staffordshire University, added: “Professor Kettle's knowledge has been invaluable to our students and staff during her time teaching at the University and now as an Emerita Professor.
“We are very lucky to maintain links with Professor Kettle and she continues to contribute her expertise to our Midwifery Practice course. She is incredibly deserving of this award and we are very proud of her achievements.”
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