Welcome to my website. If you’re interested in healthcare, health and wellbeing, health policy and international health, you may find something here of interest. I am well known in the UK and worldwide for my leadership in nursing and healthcare development, and for my widely read publications. I've held senior posts with the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England, the Willis Commission on Nursing Education, the World Health Organization (WHO), Nursing Times magazine, the King's Fund and elsewhere. I now work as an independent consultant, policy activist and writer.
I'm currently advising the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health on a review it's conducting of the development of nursing globally. This is an interesting opportunity to advocate for nursing globally with parliamentarians and government. Some excellent evidence has been sent in, witnesses have spoken to us and now the report is being drafted - watch this space or go to www.appg-globalhealth.org.uk.
My other international projects include mental health in Mongolia, working with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust on a partnership with the National Centre for Mental Health in Mongolia. Our team visited Ulaanbaatar to work with partners, lobby stakeholders and share ideas and information. The British Embassy has continued its fantastic support for the health sector, which began with the team I organised to visit the country in 2012. It was great to be back for the third time! I also gave a keynote speech at the School of Nursing's amazing international conference, and a talk to the vibrant American Centre for Mongolian Studies.
The Royal College of Midwives of the UK invited me to evaluate their Global Midwifery Twinning Partnerships, a programme that encourages British midwives to share expertise with colleagues in Cambodia, Nepal and Uganda. My evaluation was all done by skype but I loved talking to the partners, and was saddened by the Nepal earthquake. The Midwifery Society of Nepal is doing great work to help mothers and babies in dire circumstances, and you can donate to the RCM's appeal for them. Good news: I helped the RCM secure funding for a further stage of work in Uganda on mentorship for midwifery students. And I've happily accepted its invitation to join its new Global Advisory Group.
Back in the UK, I'm Writer in Residence at the School of Nursing, Kingston University and St George's, University of London - a fabulous opportunity to bring together my lifelong interest in literature (my first degree was in English literature) and my passion for developing nursing.
My training as a nurse in the East End of London fuelled my interest in the politics of health, and strengthened my commitment to social justice. These values and interests continue to inspire me, though it's hard to keep the faith in these difficult times of ideologically driven austerity. My off-duty passions include travel, theatre, literature, history, walking, swimming, and Arsenal Football Club.
The roots of violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principles.