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Leading military nurse joins Chester University

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A former Ministry of Defence professor of nursing has joined the University of Chester’s health and social care faculty.

Alan Finnegan has been appointed as a professor of nursing and military mental health within the faculty’s Department of Public Health and Wellbeing.

“The prospect of working at my local university was extremely appealing”

Alan Finnegan

Until the Chester appointment, he served with the British Army from 1987, latterly with the rank of colonel. His clinical background is in mental health.

In his new role, he will provide support to the faculty’s academic output and contribute to the university’s Centre for Research and Innovation in Veteran Wellbeing. The centre’s research activities focus on improving military veterans’ health and healthcare at regional level and beyond.

Professor Finnegan has previously been deployed to Iraq, the Balkans, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Afghanistan.

He has served as a nurse consultant in military mental health and as the Ministry of Defence’s specialist nursing advisor in mental health.

His last appointment was as the Ministry of Defence’s professor of nursing and head of the Academic Department of Military Nursing.

In addition, he is credited with helping establish the Royal College of Nursing’s defence forum, serving as its chair from 2004-11, and is currently chair of the British Army Nursing Research Professoriate.

Professor Finnegan said: “I am extremely honoured to have been given this opportunity of a professorial appointment within the University of Chester.

“Having lived in Chester for 14 years, the prospect of working at my local university was extremely appealing,” he said.

He added: “Having met the faculty staff it was clear that this is where I wanted to work, and I am totally committed to assisting students and fellow colleagues in promoting the academic, research and international profile of this outstanding University.”

Professor Finnegan will give a free public lecture on mental health issues affecting young men, particularly in the military, at Chester University’s Warrington campus on 23 February. 

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