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Nurses recognised on list of ‘inspirational women’ in healthcare


Thirteen nurses and people from a nursing background have been included on a list of the “most inspirational women in healthcare”.

The list of inspirational female leaders was compiled by Nursing Times’ sister title Health Service Journal and announced on Tuesday.

It included women from across the spectrum of nursing, including leaders from acute community and mental health settings, top nurse specialists and social media pioneers.

On the list are Teresa Chinn, founder of the increasingly influential Twitter group WeNurses, and Anne Cooper, NHS England’s clinical informatics advisor, who is successfully encouraging nurses to get involved with the information technology and informatics agenda.

Anne_Cooper_JpgAnne Cooper

Also making it onto the list was the 2013 Nursing Times’ Nurse of the Year Annie Ollivierre-Smith, a cath lab manager and lead cardiac nurse at Private provider BMI, who was recognised for her “complete focus on patient experience and care”.

Naomi Campbell, hydration lead nurse at Peninsula Community Health, who created a special straw to help older people sip fluids independently, was

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell

among the 50 as was Amanda Barnes, divisional head of nursing and professions at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Alison Keen, head of cancer nursing at Southampton, described Ms Barnes as the “ultimate nurse leader”. “Her vision for the future of nursing is very clear,” she said.

Another on the list was Laura Serrant, professor of community and public health nursing at Wolverhampton University. She said: “I am delighted to have been included on the list. I am passionate about what I do and honoured to achieve this recognition.”

Meanwhile, two nurses from the same organisation, Liverpool Women’s Foundation Trust, were featured − director of nursing and midwifery Dianne Brown and miscarriage specialist nurse Annmaria Ellard.

The HSJ’s Most Inspirational Women in Healthcare list is now in its second year. This year it focused on women “driving transformational change” in healthcare.

HSJ readers were asked to nominate names in May, which were then whittled down to the final list of 50 by a judging panel of experts.

The judges included Unison head of nursing Gail Adams, Health Education England director of nursing Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Royal College of Nursing diversity and equalities coordinator Wendy Irwin and Nursing Times editor Jenni Middleton.

Nurses and former nurses on HSJ’s Most Inspirational Women in Healthcare list:

  • Amanda Barnes, Divisional head of nursing and healthcare professions, University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust
  • Dianne Brown, Director of nursing and midwifery, Liverpool Women’s Foundation Trust
  • Naomi Campbell, Hydration lead nurse, Peninsula Community Health
  • Karen Castille, Associate director, NHS Confederation
  • Teresa Chinn, Registered nurse and founder of WeNurses
  • Anne Cooper, Clinical informatics advisor, NHS England
  • Annmaria Ellard, Miscarriage specialist nurse, Liverpool Women’s Foundation Trust
  • Val Freestone, Clinical nurse specialist for dementia, Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Professor Tricia Hart, Chief executive, South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Alison Leary, Independent healthcare researcher and consultant
  • Professor Rachel Munton, Managing director, East Midlands Academic Health Science Network
  • Annie Ollivierre-Smith, Cath lab manager and lead cardiac nurse, BMI The London Independent Hospital
  • Professor Laura Serrant, Professor of community and public health nursing and associate dean of research and enterprise, School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University

Find out why these nurses were nominated and who else made the HSJ Inspiration Woman list


Readers' comments (5)

  • all nurses are inspiration in there call of duity and beond and very deadicated to there work and ask for nothing I am disappointed that the is only directors, professors, etc that have been selected for this list? we may be at the lower end of the scale but it is due to us the n h s is just about a float we are for gotten again.

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  • Yes, i agree. I have come across some extremely inspurational nurses, and many of these are those that work on the shop floor. When will these nurses be rewarded and recognised?

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  • I will like a Night Nurse working on a busy medical or surgical ward, working against her/his body sleep pattern and often on a ward short staffed, leading guiding, supporting and getting stuck in on the shop floor getting Recognised. Only then, I feel that nurses not in the limelight are being noticed.

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  • I agree totally with what has already been written, however I have one more point to add. Why in a list of 50 'inspirational women' in healthcare are there ONLY 13 'nurses or people with a nursing background' ? !!

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  • I agree , nurses are not valued

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