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Wolverhampton to host annual Nursing lecture


The University of Wolverhampton is to host this year’s prestigious Winifred Raphael Memorial Lecture.

The lecture is run by the Royal College of Nursing’s Research Society and is one of their key events of the year.

It is the first time the annual event has been hosted by a university in the West Midlands and it attracts nurses of all disciplines and other health care professionals from across the country.

The lecture will be hosted by the University’s in Wolverhampton on 17 October 2012.

This year the lecture will be given by Professor Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu. She was the first ever UK sickle cell/thalassaemia nurse counsellor; was Dean of the School of Adult Nursing Studies & Professor of Nursing at Thames Valley University (now University of West London) and Head of the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice.

She retired in 2007 and is now Emeritus Professor of Nursing, University of West London.

Professor Anionwu is Vice-Chairperson of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal, Vice President of the Community Practitioners’ & Health Visitors’ Association and a patron of the Sickle Cell Society and Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK.

Professor Laura Serrant-Green, Director of Research and Enterprise for the University’s School of Health and Wellbeing, said: “It is a huge coup for the University to be chosen to host this prestigious event.

“We would have been competing against a number of other universities so we’re very pleased that the RCN Research Society has decided to pick Wolverhampton as the host venue.

“I am particularly proud to host the event here in Wolverhampton during Black History month when we celebrate the diversity that is central to this city and high quality health care in the UK. Professor Anionwu as a pioneer leader in diversity in health care and an academic herself is testimony to the importance of both these issues.

“The lecture has been running since 1981 and always attracts people from all over the UK. As one of the biggest providers of nursing education in the region this will be of great interest and provide a great platform.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is being held in the School of Health And Wellbeing’s MH building between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. For more information or to book a place email:


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