Dean of the School of Health and Social Work,
University of Hertfordshire
As Dean of the School, Jackie is responsible for the strategic leadership and management across the provision of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, ensuring the effective delivery of a large portfolio of education, research and commercial enterprise. Jackie began her career in learning disability nursing, working in a variety of contexts, latterly as a community nurse and systemic practitioner, eventually combining teaching in higher education (HE) with her work in clinical practice. Jackie moved into a number of leadership roles within HE and was appointed as Dean of the School at the University of Hertfordshire in 2016. As a clinician Jackie developed a keen and ongoing interest in the family and siblings’ experience of intellectual disability and this continues as her active academic research focus. She is strong advocate for the patient/service user and the student voice in higher education and research, and this is a key principle across the School. The University of Hertfordshire, has developed strong partnerships with the NHS and wider sector health and care providers. Alongside our partners, the School is delighted with the success of the Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA) programme as an addition to our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate nursing pathways. The TNAs offer the opportunity to bring a different skill mix to the workforce, supporting the transformation ambitions of service providers, options for students and different career pathways and ultimately contributing to the enhancement of the quality of health care delivery.