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Chief Nurse handed new role at Anglia Ruskin

31 January 2019

The Chief Nursing Officer of Mid Essex, Southend, and Basildon hospitals, Diane Sarkar, has been appointed as a visiting professor at Anglia Ruskin University to assist with bringing through the next generation of nurses for the county and wider region.

The appointment will further cement Anglia Ruskin's links with local NHS Trusts, promote leadership, and help ensure the curriculum continues to produce students who are ready for the workplace when they complete their education.

Diane Sarkar said:  "This kind of joint working will provide opportunities for staff from the very beginning of their careers right through to retirement. Promoting visible leadership for nurses and midwives is vital in supporting them to develop and provide the very best care."

Diane already plays a prominent role at the faculty with their staff and students, ensuring that the best possible learning experience is provided. This means students can go on to develop into excellent nurses.

Diane's role with the School of Nursing and Midwifery will ensure that, as a national leader in nursing, her expertise will inform what students are taught and how they're supported. 

It will also provide strategic input around healthcare leadership and policy.

After training at the Royal Free Hospital in London, Diane has worked in a number of nursing and management roles in acute hospitals in London and Essex.

Clare Panniker, Chief Executive for Mid Essex, Southend, and Basildon hospitals, said: "We have always said that moving our three hospitals into one organisation will provide far more career opportunities. Diane's new role is very exciting as it means we are developing relationships with future healthcare professionals from very early on, with the hope that one day they will work with us and become the next healthcare leaders in the region."