The Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced that its new chair of its council will be Dr John Unsworth, head of learning and teaching enhancement at the University of Sunderland.
Dr Unsworth, who has a background in community nursing practice, education, management and research, succeeds Kate Billingham, who has retired after six years in the role of council chair.
“I look forward to working to ensure that the nursing contribution to integrated care is recognised and developed”
Dr Unsworth trained as a nurse in Sunderland and worked in a variety of acute ward settings before moving into district nursing.
He completed his specialist practitioner qualification in district nursing in 1997 and has worked in roles including district nursing, as a specialist nurse and nurse consultant.
He is also a Queen’s nurse and has a PhD from Robert Gordon University, which specifically examined the influence of healthcare organisations on innovation and development.
Commenting on his appointment, Dr Unsworth said: “I am delighted to become the chair of the QNI, which has for 130 years championed care at home and in the community.
“The role of community nurses in modern healthcare is as important today as it was then and I look forward to working with council and the QNI team to ensure that the nursing contribution to integrated care is recognised and developed,” he added.
Ms Billingham, who became a member of the QNI’s council in 2008 and remains a fellow of the institute, said: ”The past six years have been an exciting time at the QNI.
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“I am happy to be able to hand over to Dr John Unsworth, who has just the right mix of expertise and vision to take the QNI forward on the next stage of its dynamic journey,” she said.
The QNI also announced the appointment of a new council member with strong family ties to the history of nursing in the community and the institute itself.
Nick Addyman is the son-in law of fellow council member William Rathbone X, who is a direct descendant of William Rathbone VI, the founder of both district nursing and the QNI.
Mr Addyman, a solicitor by trade, said: “It is a privilege to be able to serve the QNI and, on behalf of my wife and two daughters, to continue the tradition of service started by their ancestor.”