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Well-known nurse union leader moves to new role


The well-known and outspoken head of nursing at Unison is to leave her role for a new post within the union, she has revealed.

Gail Adams, a theatre nurse by background, is standing down as Unison’s head of nursing after 14 years in the post, describing her time in the role as an “honour and privilege”.

“It’s time for me to pass that baton on to someone else”

Gail Adams

“My time in this role has been amazing and I have truly loved every minute of it. I will always challenge and stand up for our nursing family where ever they are,” she said in a statement.

“This role provided me with a career changing opportunity and it’s time for me to pass that baton on to someone else who is equally as passionate about nursing,” said Ms Adams.

She added: “I love nursing and this role has enabled me to use it as a platform to raise the concerns of Unison members on staffing levels, patient safety, the NHS bursary and pay to name but a few.”

Ms Adams will now “head up” the union’s professional services unit, which represents Unison members in fitness to practise cases involving the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health and Care Professions Council.

She noted that her new role would combine her “two passions”, namely “supporting nurses and ensuring they have great representation”.

She added: “Had it not been for the great representation, I received from a hospital driver my career would have ended before it began.

“I will be taking my determination into the unit, helping to represent nurses, midwives, occupational therapists and paramedics who require representation before the NMC or HCPC, we have a great team and I am looking forward to working with them,” she added.

No formal announcement has yet been made on who will replace Ms Adams as Unison head of nursing.

You spend your life looking after people. Who looks after you? – Unison head of nursing Gail Adams on her work, why she loves nursing, and how her career was almost cut short before it began.


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  • Pussy

    Anything but actually nurse then!

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  • In order to move nursing forward and to be equally represented, nursing needs more than just bedside care nurses....nurse leadership is just as viable and important! It goes hand and hand.

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