The University of Lincoln has appointed a new director of nurse education to oversee the expansion of its student nursing programme.
Julie Williams will head up the nursing team at the university’s school of health and social care.
She is one of 10 new members of staff to join the school this summer ahead of a four-fold increase in new nursing students starting courses this month.
The university’s annual intake has increased from around 50 students to around 220, after the university was named as the preferred provider of adult and mental health nursing undergraduate education in Lincolnshire.
A tender process was sparked by the University of Nottingham’s decision to phase out its qualifying adult and mental health nursing provision in Lincolnshire. Some teaching and support staff from Nottingham have since transferred to Lincoln.
Speaking on her appointment, Ms Williams said: “Perhaps the most important part of my job is to raise the profile of nurse education across Lincoln and nationally.
“We will be educating the future nursing workforce throughout Lincolnshire so our responsibilities are taken very seriously.”
Ms Williams joined Lincoln from the University of Chester, where she had worked for the last five years as head of department.
She qualified as a state registered nurse in 1982 at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, where she stayed until the early 1990s. She then led the creation of two of the first nurse practitioner-led services in the country before overseeing A&E, critical care and the intensive care at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.