On 1 April 2021 Julie Bolus, a highly experienced and well-respected nurse, NHS executive director and NHS non-executive director, passed away following a short illness. Julie had also been a Good Governance Institute (GGI) senior associate for many years and we miss her.

To celebrate and sustain Julie’s energy and passion for nursing, GGI is launching the Julie Bolus rising star nursing award. In the last weeks of Julie’s life we corresponded with her about the possibility of GGI setting up the award.

The award will be presented to a UK nurse who is seen to be a rising star – showing the passion, care for patients and focus on the best outcomes for citizens that Julie did. The person who wins the award could be at any stage of their nursing career.

The winner will be invited to a celebratory event and presented with the award in November 2021. GGI will be providing a cash prize of £1,000.

To nominate someone – or yourself – for the award, please complete our online form.

Nominations will close on 15 October 2021.

All nominations will be judged by members of the Bolus family, NHS colleagues of Julie and other senior nursing staff including Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England and Caroline Alexander CBE, Group Chief Nursing Officer for Barts Health NHS Trust.