15th May 2009, 12:25pm
Lincoln professor joins new nursing commission
Professor Laura Serrant-Green An academic from the University of Lincoln has been appointed to a national commission set up by the Prime Minister to support England’s frontline nurses and midwives.

Professor Laura Serrant-Green, Professor of Community and Public Health Nursing at the University’s Lincoln School of Health and Social Care, is one of 21 members of the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England.

The commission was established by Gordon Brown to identify the skills and support that frontline nurses and midwives need to take a central role in the design and delivery of future services. In particular, it will aim to identify any barriers that impede the pivotal role that wards sisters, charge nurses and community team leaders provide. Meetings are chaired by Ann Keen MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health Services.

Commissioners have been invited from backgrounds in nursing and midwifery practice, management, education and research. They are asked to use their independent judgement and expertise both to initiate discussions and to consider other issues brought to their attention.

Professor Serrant-Green graduated from Sheffield Polytechnic with a degree in Nursing in 1986 and worked in Sheffield hospitals, later taking her Masters while still working on the wards.

In 1998 she started a PhD at Nottingham University, investigating health issues affecting ethnic minority groups. She has won many awards for her work, including the Mary Seacole Nursing Leadership Award, the Smith and Nephew Research Scholarship and the Florence Nightingale Travel Fellowship.

Professor Serrant-Green joined the University of Lincoln in 2008. She currently chairs the RCN East Midlands Research network, is a member of the Mary Seacole Award Steering Committee and holds a visiting professorship at the University of the West Indies in the School of Advanced Nurse Education, Trinidad campus.

She said: “I am very proud to have been invited to play a part in the work of this important commission, which will aim to ensure that our diverse family of nurses and midwives working on the frontline of Britain's healthcare system get the support they need and deserve.”

For more information on the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England visit http://cnm.independent.gov.uk.
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