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Nursing in Practice author wins top award

Dermatology nurse Sandra Lawton won the top clinical prize at a glitzy journalism awards ceremony in London earlier this week.

The judges at the 10th Annual Johnson & Johnson Skincare Journalism Awards praised Sandra's article for taking a weighty subject and making it “digestible but still informative”.

The article on irritant and allergic contact dermatitis was written especially for Nursing in Practice.

Dr Dawn Harper, a GP who presents the Channel 4 show Embarrassing Bodies gave Sandra her trophy for Best Healthcare Professional Journalist.

She said: “Sandra took a weighty subject and handled it in a gripping and engaging way. Her article was commended for being decisive, practical and with useful box-outs, and giving a new look on the subject.” 

Sandra's article is available to read for free on the Nursing in Practice website.

Amy Brewerton, Deputy Editor of Nursing in Practice said: “We always aim for our clinical articles to be easy-to-read without skimping on any of the content essential to primary and community care nurses.

“Sandra's article is the perfect example of this, and we're very proud to have featured her article in Nursing in Practice.”

As well as being a Nurse Consultant in Dermatology, Sandra is a Past Chair of the British Dermatological Nursing Group.

She has worked in dermatology for 20 years and was awarded Public Servant of the Year in 2004 and the title of Queen's Nurse in 2007 for her liaison work and nurse-led community service.

Photo (left to right): Sandra Lawton and Nursing in Practice authors Rosemary Turnbull and Julie van Onselen (runner up).