Fellowship Award for Fiona!

Livability International could not have said it better!

CONGRATULATIONS Fi Stephenson on receiving your Fellowship Award tonight from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN Fellowships are awarded to nurses who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of nursing care.


We are so chuffed that all your work, particularly your nursing expertise in all things “spinal”, has been publicly recognised.

It has been a real pleasure and great fun to work with you over the past few years in Bangladesh, Botswana, India, Jordan, Malaysia, Nepal and UK and we look forward to many more years working together.

You have a wonderful ability of transferring your skills and knowledge on SCI nursing management to others – and this is no mean feat, considering SCI used to be described as “an ailment not to be treated”.

I am sure that all the patients, their families, staff and students who have worked with you over the years will agree that you are an OUTSTANDING nurse, with endless energy and enthusiasm and a great sense of humour.

You are a wonderful role model for nurses everywhere and we are lucky to have you on our team.

Since the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, Fiona has done an outstanding job as Volunteer and Training Coordinator at SIRC – a hugely important role coordinating the work of foreign medical teams at SIRC post-earthquakes, and the planning and implementation of key training for staff as well as healthcare workers across the country.   A truly remarkable person!

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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