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Nursing academic becomes head of royal college

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A leading nursing academic has become chief executive of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Professor Judith Ellis, who was awarded an MBE for services to paediatrics in 1998, took up the role today, saying she wanted to help drive forward multi-professional working in children’s health.

Judith Ellis

Judith Ellis

“I have an appreciation of the difficulties in developing a truly inter-professional paediatric workforce in the UK, but equally I’ve had my eyes opened to worldwide child health challenges,” she said.

“I’m sure my education and policy background will be of great benefit in my new role, but the greatest motivator for taking on this exciting opportunity is my lifelong commitment to paediatrics,” she said.

Immediately prior to joining the college, Professor Ellis was executive dean of the faculty of health and social care at London South Bank University.

She was also a well-respected council member at the Nursing and Midwifery Council until recently, spending a period as interim chair of the nursing regulator during 2012.

“The greatest motivator for taking on this exciting opportunity is my lifelong commitment to paediatrics”

Judith Ellis

She completed her nurse training at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, spent the early part of her nursing career in Manchester and was director of nursing at Great Ormond Street Hospital for eight years. 

College president Dr Hilary Cass said: “It’s fantastic to have Judith on board and her experience and expertise will be invaluable as we aim to deliver the best possible paediatric training, improve our membership offer and campaign effectively on issues affecting child health.”

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