Elizabeth Robb to step down from her role as Chief Executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation
After seven highly successful years during which she has skilfully managed Florence Nightingale’s legacy as Chief Executive of the Foundation, Elizabeth Robb has decided to step down at the end of January 2017. She leaves behind her an impressive list of achievements on behalf of nurses and midwives and, above all, the patients in their care. During her time in charge highlights have included:
- the successful introduction of programmes in compassionate care;
- a substantial increase in the number and diversity of Leadership Scholars who receive bespoke training in the range of skills needed to represent the profession at the highest levels of government and business;
- the introduction of an annual conference with a range of speakers from the UK and Overseas sharing best practice; and
- the establishment of a network of twelve Florence Nightingale Chairs in Universities and Trusts/Health Boards across the UK designed to raise the profile of clinical nursing practice research.
All of the above has been accomplished within a broadly expanded range of assistance given to members of the nursing profession designed to equip them to meet the ever increasing complexities of healthcare and to provide the recognition they deserve.
Elizabeth Robb OBE said: “After 7 years in post and with a settled strategy in place at the Foundation now is a good time for me to hand over the reins to a new post holder to take forward. It has been my privilege and pleasure to lead such a prestigious organisation over recent years. I am immensely proud of our achievements in increasing our scholarships and programmes, giving voice to the work of our scholars and our network of high profile Florence Nightingale Foundation Chairs who across the UK form a virtual faculty of expert researchers in practice. All of this could not have been achieved without the contribution of our generous sponsors and the supportive Executive of the Foundation for which I am very grateful.”
On a personal note, as Chairman, I have greatly enjoyed working with Liz over the last seven years and admired the energy, determination and commitment she has brought to the post. I am sure everyone connected to the Foundation will join me in thanking her and wishing her every success for the future.
Bryan K Sanderson CBE
30th August 2016
Notes to Editors
The Florence Nightingale Foundation:
- is a living memorial to Florence Nightingale by advancing the study of nursing and by promoting excellence in nursing, midwifery and health visiting practice;
- raises funds to provide scholarships for nurses, midwives and health visitors to study in the United Kingdom and abroad so that they may promote innovation in practice and extend knowledge and skills to meet changing needs; and
- promotes the special contribution of nurses and midwives to society and to the health of people and to encourage international understanding and learning for the benefit of patients;
- is recognised as a leading voluntary organisation developing, supporting and promoting the highest standards of nursing and midwifery practice;
- is involved in the identification and development of research and evidence based practice in nursing and midwifery care;
- is a leading resource in supporting the professional development of nurses and midwives at all stages of their career; and
- develops leadership capacity and aids succession planning of nurses, midwives and allied healthcare professionals.
The Florence Nightingale Foundation
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