We are pleased to announce the Healthcare Education Group has elected Sue West, Dean of the Faculty of Society & Health at Buckinghamshire New University, as its new Chair. Sue takes over the role from Jan Williams who will stand down when her two year term as Chair comes to an end on 31 August 2017. 

Sue qualified as a registered nurse in 1982. Sue spent her early clinical career in cardiothoracic nursing and critical care before becoming a sister on a general intensive care unit where she was heavily involved in educating students and staff. With a master’s degree in cardiorespiratory nursing, Sue’s main area of interests included sensory imbalance experienced by cardiac surgery and hospital admission as well as respiratory assessment.

After moving into education as a clinical teacher at Harefield Hospital, Sue joined Buckinghamshire New University in 1994. At Bucks, Sue has held a number of academic roles including principal lecturer in critical care before becoming head of the department and then Academic Dean. She pioneered the development of an inter-professional continuing personal and professional development framework to support the drive for a qualified workforce in healthcare.

In her current role as Dean of the Faculty, Sue focuses on quality enhancement, student experience and engagement and fitness to practise. She promotes the integrated care agenda through the development of innovative placement pathways to increase placement capacity across north west London.

Sue has previously Co-chaired the London Deans Group and held the position of Chair for the Health Education England Thames Valley Education Expert Reference Group, both groups aiming to address strategic issues in partnership and influence outcomes that impact on health education. With so many changes impacting on workforce and health education currently, Sue feels it is important that the Healthcare Education Group has a strong voice and provides a balanced view to influence strategic decision making at a national level across Higher Education and Health Education England.

Within her term of office Sue would like to ensure that the group is able to influence workforce planning and education, and support a smooth transition from bursary supported to fee paying students, alongside the introduction of new and expanding roles into practice.