Nursing Directors Group

The roles of nurses have changed substantially over the last fifty years. Like many health professions, nursing has had to adapt to changing health needs and is now more specialised and multi-disciplinary.

The role of the nurse is to be a caregiver, but it can also be an educator, researcher, manager and much more. This means the nursing profession has never been more essential to the delivery of patient care.

Despite the need to serve a larger population, changes in funding and immigration rules have contributed to difficulties in nurse recruitment. Through the Nursing Directors Group, nursing leaders can collaborate to find innovative solutions to issues affecting the profession and engage with stakeholders to ensure that the value of nursing is championed.

The chairs of the Directors of Nursing Group are Dr Shelly Dolan, Chief Nurse at King’s College Hospital, and Daljit Athwal, Interim Director of Nursing at George Elliot Hospital (on secondment from Nottingham University Hospitals). This group is supported by Andy Collier, Policy Officer at UHA.


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