Donna Kinnair, Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice, Royal College of Nirsing

Donna Kinnair, Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice

Dame Donna Kinnair
Dame Professor Donna Kinnair, joined the RCN as head of Nursing in 2015, providing leadership to the Nursing departments. Donna was then promoted and joined the RCN Executive Team to Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice in 2016, where her key role is to work with UK-wide RCN staff to drive and implement the future RCN professional nursing, policy and practice strategy.

Prior to joining the RCN Donna held various roles, including Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust; Executive Director of Nursing, Southeast London Cluster Board; Director of Commissioning, London Borough of Southwark & Southwark PCT. She was the Strategic Commissioner for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Authority’s Children’s Services.

Donna advised the PM’s Commission on the future of Nursing and Midwifery in 2010 and served as nurse/child health assessor to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry.

She was quoted in a BBC article last year, NHS staffing levels lagging behind workload.

Dame Donna Kinnair, of the Royal College of Nursing, said the “meagre” increase in vital nursing staff was hard to understand and argued that it reflected recruitment failures in earlier years.

“The government must commit to train and retain more nurses to ensure patients receive the care they deserve.”

Cecilia Anim has been elected deputy president of the Royal College of Nursing

Hat tip: Paula Dozier

Cecilia Anim

Source: Nursing Times

Ms Anim trained as a midwife in Ghana and came to the UK in the 1970s. She is currently employed as a clinical nurse specialist in contraception and sexual and reproductive health at the Margaret Pyke centre in London.

She has been an active RCN steward for 15 years, is chair of her RCN branch and staff-side secretary.

She said:

“I am honoured to serve my fellow nurses. I look forward to using my time as deputy president to speak up on their behalf. Nursing is a vital and rewarding career.

“I am looking forward to working with our president, Andrea Spyropoulos, and to using my experience and passion to make the case for nursing now and in the future.”