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Pyjama campaign nurse earns New Year Honour

Thursday 3 January 2019

THE MAN behind the Pyjama Paralysis campaign in UK hospitals has been recognised in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

Brian Dolan, a visiting professor of nursing at the University of Salford, was awarded a OBE for his work in healthcare.

His campaign – End PJ Paralysis – aims to get hospital patients up and about and dressed as an important step in improving recovery for thousands of patients and is based on the idea that wearing pyjamas or hospital gowns reinforces patients’ sense of feeling unwell and reliance on 'the system’ to help them to wellness.

Dolan, Honorary Professor of Leadership in Healthcare at Salford, tweeted: “I’m absolutely blown away by volume, warmth, generosity and sheer kindness of the 100s of messages I’ve received about my OBE.”

'Inspiration to students'

A nurse by background, Brian is based at the Oxford Institute for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research but is a regular visitor to Salford where he recently hosted a conference with the Chief Nurse for England Jane Cummings.

Professor Margaret Rowe, Dean of the School of Health & Society said: “I am delighted for Brian on being given this honour from the Queen for his contribution to nursing.

“Brian is an inspiration and friend to Salford and his commitment to improving care in the UK is well known. His work on the #EndPJParalysis and last 1000 day campaign has changed healthcare practice and our students have greatly benefitted from his work.”

Earlier this year, Prof Dolan was named as one of the most influential figures in the modern health service by the NHS Confederation.

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