I am Regional Head of Nursing & Midwifery for Health Education England (North East and Yorkshire), NHS and Professor of Community and Public Health Nursing in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. I am a qualified certified coach, experienced mentor and an Independent Consultant on Leadership development and inclusive practice. I have over thirty-five years experience in national and international health policy development with particular specialist input on racial and ethnic inequalities and cultural safety. It was my work in this area which led to me being awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2018 for services to Nursing and Health Policy. I was awarded the Nursing Times’ Chief Nursing officers’ UK lifetime achievement award in 2021.
I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing , have Queens Nurse status and Fellowship of the Queens Nursing Institute. In 2018 I was named as one of the top 50 leaders in the UK by The Health Services Journal in three separate categories: Inspirational Women in Healthcare, BME Pioneers and Clinical Leader awards. I am listed in the top 100 most influential Black people in the UK by the Powerlist UK.
My clinical academic research focuses on the needs of marginalised and ‘seldom heard’ communities, while my leadership activities are aimed at advancing health care scholarship and workforce wellbeing/diversity in particular. My academic experience includes roles as Associate Dean for Research, Director of Research and Enterprise with responsibility for managing The Centre for Health and Social Care improvement including doctoral student supervision, mentoring colleagues, teaching, income generation, optimising research scholarship and enterprise activity of fellow academics. I have developed a theoretical framework for conducting research and service improvements focusing on sensitive issues within marginalised communities called The Silences Framework ( Serrant-Green 2011) which has been used by clinical investigators, service providers, doctoral students and experienced reserachers across the UK and Internationally. I have written over 100 health and care focused publications, examined approx 18 PhDs (UK and Overseas) and supervised 15 doctoral students to completion