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Senior HEE staff honoured with Visiting Professorships

17 January 2022

Two senior members of staff at Health Education England say they’re delighted to have been appointed visiting university professors.

James McLean, HEE’s deputy chief nurse, has been announced as Visiting Professor of Nursing Workforce Development at Birmingham City University (BCU).

And Nichole McIntosh, regional head of nursing for London, begins a three-year appointment as Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London.

James said: “This is truly an honour and I’m immensely proud to support BCU.  I look forward to working with - and supporting – BCU colleagues to encourage and prepare their students for future careers in their highly-valued profession, including preparation for future changes in simulation and technology.”

Nichole commented: “As a past student, I’m honoured that, after a 22-year nursing career in the NHS, I am in a privileged position to positively impact on the lives of the students who I will interact directly and indirectly with during my professorship.

“This award signifies great hope for nurses, midwives and other healthcare staff of diverse backgrounds to be hopeful that they, too, can achieve their goals and have wonderfully successful and impactful careers in the NHS. We are the change that we wish to see.”

James has helped support BCU’s nursing leadership programme delivering sessions on inter-professional learning, collaborative leadership and advocacy.  He also contributed to the university’s online simulation programme, which was nominated for a Nursing Times Award.

Nichole’s appointment recognises her ongoing contribution to the nursing and wider healthcare professions, as well as the inspiration she provides to others.