UHI: University of the Highlands and Islands appoints new nursing and midwifery leader

The University of the Highlands and Islands has appointed a new leader for its department of nursing and midwifery. Dr Nicola Carey will be joining the university as of Head of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery in the Autumn.

Originally from Stockton on-Tees, Dr Carey is currently Reader and lead for the long-term conditions and ageing cluster within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey. Before this, she worked in a variety of posts in primary care as a practice nurse, a nurse practitioner and as a nurse educator in the university sector, with a particular interest in community nursing. She also spent two years in the United States whilst undertaking her Master’s in public health in community health education. Her areas of research include national and international studies on workforce development, non-medical prescribing and quality improvement.

Dr Carey will take up her post on Monday 25 October and replaces Professor Annetta Smith who retires at the end of July. She will be based at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness.

Speaking about her appointment, Professor Todd Walker, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the university, said: “We are delighted that Dr Carey is joining our Department of Nursing and Midwifery. She brings a wealth of experience within research, education and leadership within nursing, reflecting her substantial work within the university sector and as a professional nurse. We look forward to welcoming her in the Autumn and wish Professor Annetta Smith all the best for a long and happy retirement.”

Dr Carey said: “I am delighted to be joining the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Highland and Islands at such an exciting time. I look forward to working with new colleagues to further develop education and research capacity and support students and nursing colleagues in the important work that they do. Working at the University of Highlands and Islands presents fantastic opportunities to develop the next generation of nurses and researchers in the field – it’s a flourishing organisation and I am excited by my new appointment.”

Professor Neil Simco, Vice-Principal (Research and Impact), added: “I look forward to welcoming Nicola to her new role in the autumn. As a nurse and nurse educator, she brings significant experience of research, education and leadership gained over many years both in practice and in the university sector. Nicola is hence well placed to build on the substantial achievements of the department to date and I wish her well in this exciting role.”

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