University Campus Suffolk (UCS) has recently made two senior appointments – Dr Jill Robinson as head of school of nursing and midwifery and Dr Christine Whitney-Cooper as head of the nursing division.
Dr Robinson brings a wealth of knowledge to UCS – an experienced academic with a PhD in Nurse Education.
She has a clinical background in mental health nursing and is a practising cognitive behavioural psychotherapist.
Prior to joining UCS, Dr Robinson worked for 12 years at the University of East Anglia in a variety of roles including associate dean for teaching and learning for the Faculty of Health, co-director for their education in Health Research Institute and interim head of school of nursing and midwifery.
More recently Dr Robinson worked in a joint clinical-academic role at Bucks New University and the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, and prior to her appointment at UCS spent a year in full-time clinical practice at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.
She has published widely throughout her career in various fields including programme evaluation, health professional education and mental health.
“Nursing is in my blood”, she said.
“Both my grandmother and my mother were nurses who took great pride in the quality of the care they provided.
“Taking on this role is both a privilege and a huge responsibility and I am delighted to be working with our local service partners to equip the future generation of nurses and midwives with the education, skills and values that will make them caring and skilful practitioners of the highest standard.”
Dr Whitney-Cooper will be part of the school of management team overseeing the health contract for pre-registration adult, child and mental health nursing.
Her last role was at the University of Chester where she was deputy head of the acute adult and child nursing department.
She’s had an extensive career in nursing in the fields of adult and children’s health and has worked in higher education since 1989.
Her previous management roles include being head of child division at City University, Birmingham and head of nursing and midwifery at Coventry University.
Her doctorate in 2011 was around the management of change using action research, health research around online learning and web development.
She is keen to develop her research profile at UCS.
The school of nursing and midwifery at UCS has a strong track record of training excellent nurses and midwives in partnership with local service providers.
It has a growing reputation for collaborating with clinical colleagues on projects that contribute to improving the quality of patient care.
The school also runs foundational degrees for assistant practitioners across the region and further afield, as well as offering masters programmes, working closely with healthcare providers in the region.
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