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Queen's Nursing Institute appoints new director

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Leading community nursing charity the Queen’s Nursing Institute has appointed Crystal Oldman as its new director.

The appointment follows the departure of Rosemary Cook, who had led the organisation since 2005, in July.

Ms Oldman is currently dean of enterprise and business management in the faculty of society and health at Buckinghamshire New University.

She has been a community nurse for 30 years and worked as a health visitor in deprived areas in London. She qualified at University College Hospital London in 1980 and worked in the NHS for 14 years, before joining the university. She has developed community, health visitor and school nursing programmes, and later became a head of department and then in 2009 a dean.

Speaking on her appointment, she said: “This is a critical time for community nursing policy, practice and education. I am passionate about the aims of the QNI and impressed by the huge range of innovative community nursing projects.”

QNI chair Rosalynde Lowe added: “The QNI is extremely fortunate to have Crystal Oldman as its new director.

“She has just the right skills to build on all our considerable achievements and, at this critical and exciting time, to take the organisation forward for the benefit of patients and nurses.”

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