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Professor Dame Donna Kinnair

The Year of the Nurse event on Wednesday, August 5 will take place from 1pm to 4pm on Microsoft Teams. It is open to healthcare professionals, students, staff and interested members of the public.

The event will be opened by the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Eunice Simmons and hosted by the Executive Dean of the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care Professor Angela Simpson.

Professor Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead, from the University’s Medical School, will discuss the life of Mary Seacole, British-Jamaican businesswoman and nurse who set up the "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War. This talk will be followed by a brief question and answer session.

Estephanie Dunn, Executive Director North West England, Royal College of Nursing will then deliver a talk on tackling racism in the NHS as part of the RCN’s Black Lives Matter series. This will be followed by Gillian Martin, Nurse Practitioner / Practice Education Facilitator (Mental Health), will present a discussion of barriers in nursing by exploring historical aspects and current nurses and researchers who have achieved so much amidst challenges due to their ethnicity and race.

The afternoon will finish with Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, Royal College of Nursing Chief Executive/General Secretary, who has been recognised for her influence, having been listed in the 2020 Powerlist which lists the 100 most influential Britons of African/African Caribbean descent.

The event has been organised by Mental Health Senior Lecturer Dean McShane, who is also the chair of the RCN Cheshire West Branch.

Places are free and can be booked via Eventbrite here -

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