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Cardiff Professorship honour for Chief Nursing Officer

08 February 2011

Nursing education and research at Cardiff University have been boosted by the appointment of Wales' Chief Nursing Officer, Dr Jean White, to an Honorary Visiting Professorship.

Professor White will be giving the University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies the benefit of her outstanding background in academia, practice, leadership and innovation.

The appointment is a natural fit, given Professor White’s pioneering contribution to career development for nurses in Wales and the Cardiff School’s leading role in professional education and research.

Professor White was appointed Chief Nursing Officer for Wales by the Welsh Assembly Government in November. The role is key to shaping and delivering nursing and midwifery services, education and research for the people of Wales. In her previous and current post, she is pioneering the development of Clinical Academic Careers for Nurses and Midwives in Wales. The Cardiff School’s innovative Associate Lecturer Scheme is designed to support this initiative, making new appointments in clinical nursing and midwifery research.

The Cardiff School is the largest provider of nursing and midwifery education in Wales. Some 1671 students are presently enrolled on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with 982 training to be nurses and midwives. As Honorary Visiting Professor, Professor White will deliver guest lectures and master classes for staff and Masters students. She will also give seminars on the latest developments in Welsh health politics and policy. She will also assist in selection panels for senior appointments at the School.

Professor Sheila Hunt, Dean and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, said: "We are thrilled to welcome Professor Jean White to the School. Professor White works tirelessly to raise the standards of nursing and midwifery care for the people of Wales. She never loses sight of the person, the individual and the patient at the centre of care. I know she will make a significant and positive difference to nursing and midwifery education and research at Cardiff University."

Professor White said: "I look forward to a strong and mutually beneficial collaborative relationship with the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies."

Welsh Assembly Government Health Minister Edwina Hart added: "I congratulate Jean on her appointment as an Honorary Professor. It is important that Government, the NHS, and academia work closely together in developing the next generation of nurses and midwives in Wales. I am pleased that they will benefit from Jean’s extensive experience."


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Notes for editors

Professor Jean White

On 5 November 2010 Dr Jean White was appointed as Chief Nursing Officer for Wales. She was previously Nursing Officer within the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer in the Welsh Assembly Government after a career as a theatre nurse and academic at Swansea University. Her remit as Nursing Officer broadly covered: nurse education, regulation, nurse prescribing, nursing issues related to older people and Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA). She was also the lead officer for work in Wales related to the UK initiative 'Modernising Nursing Careers'. She also developed the Welsh Assembly Government’s ‘Post Registration Career Framework for Nurses in Wales’ (published September 2009).
Dr White has held appointments as Director - Quality and Standards at the Welsh National Board for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors and subsequently Health Professions Wales. She has previously been seconded to the World Health Organisation and was involved with an intensive programme of development on global health. Her main research interests are in issues arising from the equality and diversity agenda. She completed a PhD study into dyslexia in pre-registration student nurses and how they may be supported to develop clinical competence in 2006.

Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies

Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies pursues the highest standards of learning and teaching through research, education and clinical practice.
Teaching at the School has been assessed as ‘excellent’ by government appointed panels and teaching methods are developed and updated to ensure that graduates are well-equipped to respond effectively to meet the challenges of clinical practice in the 21st Century. Students undertake clinical placements which are structured to maximise the link between clinical and theoretical outcomes.
The School undertakes theoretically informed and empirically rigorous research which stands at the forefront of nursing and midwifery policy debates at international, national and local levels. Collaboration is an important element of research activity with work often undertaken in partnership with communities and healthcare professionals. The main areas of staff expertise include work and organisation, health knowledge, long-term conditions, children and young people, genetics, mental health, patient safety and health technologies.

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans.
Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.