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Nurse and public health expert becomes university dean

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Professor Debra Salmon has been appointed as the new dean of the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London.

She has been deputy dean of the school since September 2015, having joined from the University of West of England, Bristol, and will take over as dean from Professor Stanton Newman.

“Debra brings extensive experience in health and nursing to the role”

Paul Curran

She is well-known in the sector for her research in public health and inequality, which has included evaluating community-based interventions to improve public health in a wide range of settings.

In addition, she is also recognised for influencing policy and practice through educational innovation.

After training as a nurse, Professor Salmon gained further qualifications at Warwick University and Bristol University.

She then went on to hold several strategic roles at the University of West of England, including a period as head of the nursing and midwifery department.

Professor Sir Paul Curran, president of City, University of London, said: “Debra brings extensive experience in health and nursing to the role. This will strengthen the school’s reputation as a leading healthcare education provider.”

Speaking on her new role, Professor Salmon said one of her key priorities would be to strengthen the school’s external relationships and seek opportunities to develop new partnerships, particularly with healthcare providers across London and the South East.

“Embedding these relationships will ensure our research and education translates into improvements in health practice,” she said.

“Through our students we will see the establishment of an outstanding and critical workforce, equipped to meet future healthcare demands and lead on improvements to public health and patient care,” she said.

She added: “I am confident the school will be in a position to realise its vision of becoming the country’s leading healthcare education provider, and I look forward to the opportunity to lead on this mission in the coming years.”

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