Former Chief Nursing Information Officer for England appointed Honorary Professor

Categories: School of Health and Society

The University of Salford has appointed former Chief Nursing Information Officer (CNIO) for England, Natasha Phillips, as an Honorary Professor.

Natasha has recently stepped down after over three years in post as CNIO. She was the first CNIO for England appointed to post at NHSx (and more recently NHS England), at the directive of the Chief Nurse Office.

In this role Natasha brought national leadership to the advancement of nursing and midwifery through digital and data, building a community of professionals throughout the country dedicated to digital transformation in their locality.

Natasha brings a wealth of experience holding operational and strategic leadership positions in the NHS, leading on large transformational programmes of change, involving the use of digital technologies and informatics.

In her role as CNIO at University College Hospitals London she was responsible for the implementation of an enterprise-wide electronic health record and the development and implementation of a nationally recognised ward accreditation and improvement programme.

Natasha is an Alumni of the International Council of Nursing Global Nurse Leaders Programme, Florence Nightingale Foundation, and a qualified organisational development practitioner. Her research interests include organisational culture and leading change in healthcare.

Passionate about developing nurses with the skills to lead in complexity; Natasha’s thesis on ward leadership highlights the need to develop the skills of reflexivity amongst nurse leaders to support their leadership practice. 

On her appointment, Natasha said: “I am over the moon about my appointment at University of Salford – this will be a massive opportunity to contribute to both education and research and look forward to working with Dr Cristina Vasilica and the team at the university’s School of Health and Society to contribute to the development of the clinical leaders of the future.”

Dean of the School of Health and Society, Professor Margaret Rowe, said: “We are delighted to welcome Natasha to this honorary appointment. She is a prominent leadership voice in influencing national policy and she will be a fantastic asset to our team as they continue their work ensuring our students graduate ready to lead and thrive in today’s digital world.”

Natasha can be found on LinkedIn and Twitter @FutureNurseUK

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