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Jackie Kelly

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.

  • Sharing lessons in the development of the Nursing Associate role across key test sites and how the training and skill programmes were implemented
  • Assessing how to work effectively in partnership with universities to ensure learning aligns with the role successfully
  • Exploring how to effectively deploy nursing associates to ensure teams with skill mixes allowing registered nurses to lead on care delivery
  • Gaining practical insights into how nursing associates can be developed to bridge the gap between health and social care settings
  • Evaluating common challenges identified in the test programmes and the future of the nursing associate role