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Professor Margaret Rowe: May the workforce be with you: Retention and Robotics in Healthcare

Date - Thu 26 Mar 2020

Time - 6.00 pm

Duration - 1 hour

Cost - Free

Disabled access? - Yes

Venue - Lecture Theatre 1, Chapman Building, Peel Park Campus, University of Salford


Join us for the inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Margaret Rowe, Dean of The School of Health and Society

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May the workforce be with you: Retention and Robotics in Healthcare

Two major issues which will impact on the healthcare workforce for the future will be retention of the workforce from student to practitioner and the utilisation and engagement with new technologies.

This lecture will focus on both of these critical areas for developing a workforce to meet the increasing demand on the NHS and the UK’s ageing population. Attrition in pre-registration health students is multi-faceted and remains an area of major concern. The transition from student to practitioner in the NHS is also an area that needs addressing as we need to grow a highly skilled committed workforce that remain in the NHS.

The NHS People Plan sets out a clear priority to develop a workforce to deliver 21st century care, highlighting the importance of the use of digital technologies to transform care. Healthcare is changing at a revolutionary pace and artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual and mixed reality are increasingly becoming the norm and fundamentally changing the way we think about and deliver health and social care.

This lecture will share a vision for the future and identify how we are preparing the University of Salford’s healthcare students as future change agents to transform healthcare.


About Professor Rowe

Professor Margaret Rowe is the Dean for the School of Health & Society, University of Salford. With 23 years of experience in UK Higher Education, 14 years of strategic leadership in the university sector and senior leadership roles in the NHS, Margaret has consistently integrated academic leadership with the external business environment; regionally, nationally and internationally. Margaret is a board member of the Salford Health & Wellbeing Board, HEE Collaborative Board, a Governor of the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.


Previously the Council of Deans, HEI representative with the NMC, Margaret led on the national strategic steering group for the revalidation of Nurses and Midwives, presenting across England as part of a national strategic team influencing policy related to the developments in Nursing regulation and standards in the UK. Margaret is also one of the authors of the UK pre-registration Nursing Standards 2010, which lead to the move to an all-graduate Nurse education that contributed to the national debates and forums on workforce issues, standard policies and future ways of working in Health and Social Care.  Margaret has and continues to work with Health Education England on a number of projects, including the national project in nursing “A Year to Care” and most recently “The Nurse Associate,” which has brought 250 new students to the University of Salford.


Margaret has worked closely with senior teams internationally, including the Chief Nurse of Malaysia, developing mentorship and international programmes, such as Physiotherapy in Malaysia, Nursing in China and Medical Science with St George’s University in Grenada.


Margaret has represented the University of Salford and the School of Health and Society on many high-profile international tours to China and India, with the Rt. Hon Secretary for State for Health and most recently with the Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham; developing new partnerships and sharing expertise on workforce design.


Margaret has repositioned the School of Health & Society though reorganisation, becoming more externally focused, aligned to the principles of the industry collaboration agenda, leading on a number of partnerships in the NHS, Local Authorities, industry and internationally.

Join us for this inspiring lecture. Registration from 5.30pm, lecture will start promptly at 6pm.

Please join us for a drinks reception following the lecture in Chapman Refectory.

If you have any questions or access requirements please get in touch with the Events Team at or 0161 295 5241.

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