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Nottingham hospital nursing director awarded honorary professorship

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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust’s chief nurse, Mandie Sunderland, has been made an honorary professor at Nottingham Trent University for her “leading contribution” to nursing.

Ms Sunderland has been chief nurse at the trust since 2015, having previously held executive director positions at five other acute trusts in the West Midlands and North West of England.

“Mandie provides exceptional leadership which is acclaimed nationally”

Yvonne Barnett

As an honorary professor, she will continue to work with the university, collaborating on innovative teaching and research in its school of social sciences and school of science and technology.

She said: “I am extremely proud to be appointed an honorary professor at Nottingham Trent University and am looking forward to working closely with the team there to realise our ambition to become a centre of international excellence for nursing and midwifery care.”

Ms Sunderland said she developed an interest in education and training while working as an intensive care nurse, leading to her achieving a Post Graduate Diploma and securing roles in both clinical and practise development.

Professor Yvonne Barnett, senior pro vice-chancellor, said: “Here at Nottingham Trent University the title of honorary professor is bestowed upon individuals who have made leading contributions to their profession.

“Mandie certainly fulfils this criterion,” she said, highlighting Ms Sunderland’s innovative approach to nursing development.

Professor Barnett said: “Mandie provides exceptional leadership which is acclaimed nationally, and recognised internationally, to promote the role of the nursing profession and to support innovative approaches to training and development.

“These efforts are designed to ensure the attraction of talent, development and retention within the nursing profession,” she stated.

She added: “The recent establishment of the Institute for Nursing and Midwifery Care Excellence at NUH is a testament to Mandie’s innovative approach and outstanding leadership.”

The institute has been created to bring together the trust’s training, education, professional development and research programmes for nurses and midwives. It was officially launched in June last year.

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