Professor Alison Metcalfe joined the School in February 2011 from the University of Birmingham where she held the position of Senior Research Fellow. Professor Metcalfe is a Council member and Conference Organiser for the Society for Genomics Policy and Public Health (SGPPH). She is also associate editor of BMC Research Notes.
Director of Administration and Business Development
Barbara Dahill is responsible for strategic and business planning, leadership of professional and administrative services, marketing, communications and financial management within the School. She has extensive experience in both the public and private healthcare sectors in England and the United States. Barbara has been at the School for four years.
Director of Clinical Education
Angela Parry is a Registered Nurse with a special interest in clinical education, curriculum development, quality assurance, and the professional role of the nurse. She has a clinical background and current experience in general adult nursing. Ms Parry has been successful in both College Teaching Excellence and College Teaching Fund awards and is currently completing her PhD, which focusses on Registered Nurse medication administration behaviours and patient safety. Ms Parry is also the School's Senior Tutor.
Head of Department of Adult Nursing
Mary Crawford is a Registered Nurse with a background in acute and critical care adult nursing. She teaches undergraduate students, both pre and post qualification, focusing particularly on professional issues and work based professional development. Ms Crawford is also the School Disability Advisor, providing staff and students with guidance relating to any required adjustment.
Head of Department of Child and Adolescent Nursing
Andrea Cockett has a professional background in children's critical care nursing and palliative care, most recently working in a children's hospice setting. She teaches across both pre and post qualification modules within the School, and has also recently been involved in three Department of Health funded projects related to the provision of paediatric palliative care services across London.
Head of Department of Mental Health Nursing
Julie Bliss is a registered nurse with a background in primary care, having worked previously as a district nurse. She has a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recorded teaching qualification. Ms Bliss' research and teaching interests are primarily concerned with interprofessional and inter-organisational working, education and primary care, and has published widely on these areas.
Head of Department of Midwifery
Sophie French has a professional background as a midwife, with specific expertise in pre and post qualification midwifery curriculum development, implementation and evaluation. Her clinical practice, teaching and research interests are in the field of maternity policy, service provision and the supervision of midwives. Ms French teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students, focusing particularly on pre natal screening, breast feeding and user involvement in maternity care.
Head of Department of Postgraduate Research
Dr Joanne Fitzpatrick has a professional background in adult and gerontological nursing. Within the School she is responsible for representing and furthering the interests of postgraduate research students and overseeing matters relating to their educational experience. Dr Fitzpatrick also leads the MPhil / PhD programme in the School. Dr Fitzpatrick's research is concentrated primarily on healthcare of older people particularly in long term care settings, and workforce issues for nurses caring for older people.
Research Theme Representative
Professor Emma Ream is a registered nurse with a background in cancer nursing, and leads the Supportive Cancer Care Research Group. Professor Ream's research aims to help patients maximise the benefits of treatment whilst enabling patients and their carers to live as well as possible with the effects of the disease and consequences of its treatment. Professor Ream represents the School's research activity on the School Executive.