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Health board nursing director given academic role

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A senior Grampian nurse has been given a new education role by Robert Gordon University’s school of nursing and midwifery.

Professor Amanda Croft, executive director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professions at NHS Grampian, has been made a visiting professor by the university.

“We can embed some principles around what nursing is and can be”

Amanda Croft

Professor Croft qualified as a registered nurse at Sheffield and North Trent School of Nursing in 1992 and began her clinical career in the medical domain.

She moved into clinical management, initially in primary care, before moving to NHS Grampian in 2000.

Since then, she has undertaken a number of different positions across primary and secondary care, in both professional leadership and general management roles, noted the university.

Professor Croft obtained a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Aberdeen in 2004 and said she was looking forward to passing on her experiences to the next generation of nurses.

“I feel quite humbled to have been offered this role and I see it as a huge compliment to the nurses and midwives currently working in NHS Grampian,” she said.

Karen Strickland

Karen Strickland

Karen Strickland

“It’s absolutely vital that the university and NHS Grampian continue to work closely, because these students are our workforce of the future and I believe that together we can truly enrich their learning experience,” she added.

“As part of this collaboration, I think we can embed some principles around what nursing is and can be, so the next generation can go on to be pioneers and leaders in healthcare in the future,” said Professor Croft.

Dr Karen Strickland, associate head of Robert Gordon’s nursing school, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Croft and look forward to a long and successful working relationship.

“She has a vast amount of experience that our student nurses and midwives will benefit from,” she added.

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