RCN Nurse of the Year 2021

An innovative nurse who set up a clinic to improve access to abortion care in Northern Ireland has been named the RCN Nurse of the Year 2021.

Nicola Bailey, RCN Nurse of the Year 2021 Picture: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Sexual health services nurse manager Nicola Bailey defied opposition to set up an early medical abortion service when pandemic lockdowns meant women were unable to travel to England for a termination.

Operating outside of formal commissioned services in Northern Ireland, the Rose clinic offers an early medical abortion service, plus sexual healthcare.

The RCN Nursing Awards 2021 judges lauded her passion for promoting women’s health, and her bravery for continuing despite protests and political resistance.

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