Nursing Times reveals top nurses and midwives

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48 of the UK’s top nurses and midwives have been named as Nursing Times Nurse Leaders.

The list, which is supported by NHS Employers, recognises the important contribution of leaders in the nursing and healthcare profession. The nurse leaders were celebrated at a special event on the 30 September in London.

The individuals represent many aspects of the nursing profession, including front line patient care, management, research and academia, national organisations and charities. 

Individuals were nominated by HSJ readers and selected by an expert judging panel using the following criteria:

  • the impact of the individual's work on nursing policy, practice or care
  • their influence on and understanding of how health and social care fit together
  • the sustainability of their achievement
  • the extent to which they act as a role model for others. 

Danny Mortimer, chief executive at NHS Employers said, "These inspirational leaders are all doing great work and delivering or facilitating compassionate care, leading the change we need to see in our healthcare system and crucially, bringing others with them on that journey. The number of nominations from across the profession is testament to the extent to which these practitioners inspire those around them."

The full list of nurse leaders is:

  • Cheryll Adams, executive director, Institute of Health Visiting
  • Gail Adams, head of nursing, Unison
  • Breda Athan, senior matron for infection and immunity, and high-level isolation and immunity lead, Royal Free London Foundation Trust
  • David Bates, director, Army Nursing Services and assistant director for healthcare requirements and assurance, Army Medical Services
  • Viv Bennett, chief nurse, Public Health England 
  • Sally Burgess, matron, mental health liaison, Worcester Royal Hospital
  • Yinglen Butt, deputy chief nurse, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, London
  • Heather Caudle, chief nurse, Ashford and St Peter’s Foundation Trust
  • Teresa Chinn, founder @WeNurses
  • Michael Clift, practice development nurse, Whittington Health, London
  • Shirley Coward, paediatric/neonatal matron, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust
  • Caitlin Dean, chair, Pregnancy Sickness Support
  • Avril Devaney, director of nursing and therapies, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust
  • Maurice Devine, assistant director, HSC Clinical Education Centre
  • Belinda Dewar, professor of practice improvement, University of the West of Scotland
  • Jan Dewing, Sue Pembrey chair in nursing, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  • Jo Dickson, lead nurse – informatics, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust
  • Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, interim head of midwifery, NHS England
  • Anna-Marie Edwards and Kerry Taylor, shared governance facilitators, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust
  • Audrey Emerton, cross bench member, House of Lords 
  • Kath Evans, head of patient experience, maternity, newborn, children and young people, NHS England
  • Susan Hamer, director of nursing, learning and organisational development, National Institute for Health Research
  • Hilda Hayo, chief Admiral Nurse/ chief executive, Dementia UK
  • Heather Henry, co-vice chair, NHS Alliance
  • Cheryl Kipping, consultant nurse (dual diagnosis, South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust, London
  • Kim Manley, professor of practice development, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Wendy Mashlan, lead advanced nurse practitioner for care of the elderly, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
  • Ruth May, nurse director, Monitor
  • Tanya McCance, director, Institute of Nursing and Health Research, Ulster University
  • Brendan McCormack, head of divison of nursing, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  • Julienne Meyer, professor of nursing: care for older people, City University, London
  • Gary Mitchell, dementia care advisor, Four Seasons Health Care
  • Gwen Moulster, clinical director/consultant nurse, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Foundation Trust
  • Ruth Northway, professor of learning disability nursing, University of South Wales
  • Crystal Oldman, chief executive, Queen’s Nursing Institute
  • Ruth Oshikanlu, trustee and founding director, Nu Social Health Organisation
  • Mark Radford, chief nursing officer, University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire Trust
  • Shellie Radford, staff nurse, critical care, Nottingham University Hospitals trust
  • Laura Serrant, professor of community and public health nursing, University of Wolverhampton
  • Oliver Shanley, deputy chief executive and director of quality and safety, Herefordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust
  • Rebecca Sherrington, respiratory nurse consultant, Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey
  • Louise Silverton, director for midwifery, Royal College of Midwives
  • Sue Smith, executive chief nurse, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust
  • Janice Smyth, director, RCN Northern Ireland
  • Chris Stanley, retired executive director of nursing and governance, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation Trust
  • Deborah Sturdy, director, Deborah Sturdy Ltd
  • Paul Trevatt, strategic clinical network lead, cardiovascular disease and end-of-life care (London Region), NHS England

Take a look at #NTleaders on Twitter to see pictures from the evening. You can also visit the Nursing Times website to download the supplement.

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