The Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) is delighted to announce that Dr Gemma Stacey, Director of the FNF Academy, will join the University of Derby as a Visiting Professor.

As Director of the FNF Academy, Dr Stacey has successfully showcased the impact FNF scholars and leadership programme participants have had on policy and practice at a local, regional and national level.

The vision of the Academy is to enable a collective and independent voice for nursing and midwifery which is informed by expert clinical experience and high quality evidence. It is this independent status that situates the Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy in a unique position to support the development and implementation of the national nursing policy agenda.

Dr Stacey’s knowledge and experience as a leader in the nursing profession will be shared with students and staff studying at the University of Derby Online Learning and College of Health, Psychology and Social Care. Through webinars and a virtual masterclass, she will demonstrate how registered nurses, who choose to continue their education, can lead change to make a positive impact on healthcare.

Dr Gemma Stacey, Director of the FNF Academy, said: “I feel incredibly honoured to have been confirmed as a Visiting Professor for the University of Derby. The city of Derby, and supporting the development of the healthcare workforce, has been central to my career for over a decade. One of my proudest academic roles was Director of the Graduate Entry Nursing programme which was originally delivered from the London Road Community Hospital, and later moved to the University of Derby and Burton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust campus. I was also honoured to be an appointed Governor of Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. When I took up my post as Director of Academy at FNF I knew my connection with Derbyshire would continue.”

“As Visiting Professor at the University of Derby I am thrilled to further embed and celebrate this association. I look forward to sharing my knowledge arising from the contemporary work of the FNF Academy and to work with the University of Derby to develop the nursing leaders of the future that Florence would have been proud of.”

Professor Greta Westwood CBE, CEO of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, said: “I am delighted that Gemma’s commitment and dedication to the nursing profession has been recognised by the University of Derby. Gemma’s high standards of professional endeavour has ensured the FNF Academy has gone from strength to strength, for the benefit of all nurses and midwives. I look forward to celebrating her work across both the University of Derby and FNF.”

Professor Stephen Wordsworth, Head of School of Nursing and Professional Practice at the University of Derby, said: “We are so pleased that Dr Stacey and the FNF Academy have committed to the role of Visiting Professor at the University of Derby. With 5,000 students from over fifty countries studying nursing and health care with us, her knowledge and experience will impact and shape our students’ practice for the duration of their careers and influence practice across the world.”

Dr Alan Williams, Academic Lead for Nursing at the University of Derby Online Learning, added: “I am delighted to welcome Gemma to the University. Having worked with her on nursing programmes in the past, I have witnessed, first-hand, her values and commitment to education, which will enhance our learning and teaching approach and give students the best educational experience possible.”



For more information please contact:

Aysha Awan, Director of Communications, Florence Nightingale Foundation

Mobile: 07974 666 815 / Email: [email protected]


Notes to editors  

Background information 

  • The Florence Nightingale Foundation maintain a close link with Derbyshire as Peter Kay, the current owner of Lea Hurst, is an FNF Trustee.
  • The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton have recently sponsored a leadership scholarship in partnership with the Duke of Devonshire Charitable Trust in honour of continuing Florence Nightingales’ legacy today. They are also members of the Florence Nightingale Foundation Academy.

The Florence Nightingale Foundation

Florence Nightingale is undoubtedly the world’s most famous nurse and her influence continues to inspire the world of nursing today. The aim of the Foundation since it was founded in 1929 is to empower its scholars to become great nursing and midwifery leaders, honouring Florence’s legacy. The Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) offers two types of Scholarships: Leadership and Travel.

The FNF Leadership Scholars are awarded as 12-month bespoke scholarship programme, including leadership development. Our travel scholars access valuable training and development in the UK and overseas. Our scholarships have an excellent record of delivery; all scholars undertake projects focused on improving patient care and health outcomes. Within two years the majority are promoted to more senior roles as a result of their scholarship. We also offer a 6-month leadership programme for early-career nurses and midwives. Our scholarship and leadership programme offer is unique. Applications are competitive and they are highly sought after, with an excellent record of delivery and career development.

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