20th September 2012, 9:21am  (updated 24th September 2012, 1:37pm)
University of Lincoln will create nurses of the future
Dr Julie Williams The University of Lincoln has welcomed its new Director of Nurse Education, ahead of a four-fold increase in the number of new Nursing students starting in September.

Dr Julie Williams will be heading up the Nursing team at the School of Health and Social Care following a tender process which named the University as the preferred provider to deliver adult and mental health nursing undergraduate education in Lincolnshire from September 2012.

Under the new arrangements, the University’s annual intake will increase from around 50 students to around 220, although exact numbers will vary from year to year.

Dr Williams is one of ten new members of staff taken on this summer to prepare for the increase in Nursing students. They will be based at the Think Tank in Ruston Way, close to the University’s main Brayford Pool campus in central Lincoln. More staff will be appointed ready for the 2013 and 2014 intakes.

Dr Williams said: “As Director of Nurse Education my job is very much a strategic role, which will incorporate liaising and working with the local strategic health authority/LETBs and working very closely with service providers across the entire county. But perhaps the most important part of my job is to raise the profile of nurse education across Lincoln and nationally, while maintaining the well established high quality of educational provision at the University of Lincoln. We will be educating the future nursing workforce throughout Lincolnshire so our responsibilities are taken very seriously.”

Dr Williams first qualified as a state registered nurse in 1982 at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, where she stayed until the early 1990s when she became the leading force behind the creation of two Primary Care Treatment Centres. These were one of the first Nurse Practitioner-led services in the country.

She achieved a Masters in Nursing at the University of Liverpool in 1998 when she also began a new role as Directorate Manager for A&E, Critical Care and the Intensive Care Unit at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, where she stayed for two years.

Deciding to venture into teaching, Dr Williams took on a joint appointment as Assistant Director of Nursing and Common Foundation Programme Leader/lecturer at the University of Liverpool, before becoming Director of Studies full time.

Dr Williams joins the University of Lincoln from the University of Chester, where she had worked for the last five years as Head of Department. During her time at Chester Dr Williams also completed a PhD in Educational Research at Lancaster University.

Finding her true vocation in education, Dr Williams said: “I absolutely love nurse education and was really bitten by the education bug. For me personally I found that having a positive impact on the patients was becoming far too remote. I accepted that, as a manager, you are remote from direct patient care to a degree but as a nursing manager I didn’t want to lose that ability to influence nurses and the care they give. I decided that the most effective way to have an impact on the future of nursing is to work with the students from day one and in this way you have the ability to create a good nurse for life.”

Paul Linsley, Principal lecturer at the School of Health and Social Care, recently appeared on BBC Radio Lincolnshire after greeting the new intake of Nursing students.

To listen again go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00y8408 from 2hrs 23.
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