QNI Chair of Council, Professor John Unsworth, has been awarded an OBE for services to community nursing and community nurse education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

John Unsworth is the Deputy Faculty Pro Vice Chancellor at Northumbria University. Prior to this, John was the Head of Learning and Teaching, University of Sunderland, Head of Academic Development at the Higher Education Academy and as Director of Nursing Programmes at Northumbria University. He is an experienced NHS manager having been a Nurse Director in a rural Care Trust in Northern England prior to taking up posts in Higher Education. He has experience of workforce redesign in relation to developing the community nurses’ role around admission avoidance. John is also an International Council of Nurses (ICN) Global Nursing Leadership Scholar 2020.

I am absolutely delighted to see Professor John Unsworth recognised for his outstanding work in supporting community nursing and nurse education. The QNI is fortunate to have Professor Unsworth as our Chair of Trustees, where he provides excellent leadership in the governance and strategic direction of the charity.

For almost a decade he has also chaired all the QNI education and practice advisory groups, overseeing the development of standards to support a range of post-registration community nursing education programmes. His exceptional commitment to the highest standards of nursing care in the community is evident and his work at the QNI is both is entirely voluntary and delivered alongside a very senior role in Higher Education, which makes it even more extraordinary.

Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, QNI's Chief Executive

As a trustee and as Chairman of Council, John Unsworth has joined the group of outstanding leaders with which the Queen's Nursing Institute has been blessed in recent years. He richly deserves the award of an OBE.

William Rathbone OBE, QNI Council Member and direct descendant of the founder of district nursing

This honour is so well deserved and recognises all the excellent work John has done with the QNI. His huge contribution and leadership have been significant factors in propelling the Institute to its high profile position, supporting all community nurses in the valuable work they do.

Rosalynde Lowe CBE, QNI Council Member and QNI Fellow

I am absolutely delighted to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Throughout my career I have worked as part of some amazing teams and the team at the Queen’s Nursing Institute does amazing work for the profession day in day out. I am proud to be part of that team alongside staff and trustees.

Professor John Unsworth OBE

John has extensive experience of developing nursing, medical and higher education internationally having worked to develop teachers and practice in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Ghana, Bahrain, Hungary, Ukraine and Grenada (West Indies).

John completed his specialist practitioner qualification in district nursing in 1997. He has a PhD from Robert Gordon University which specifically examined the influence of health care organisations on innovation and development. John is an alumni of the QNI Innovation and Creative Practice Awards and is a Queen’s Nurse.


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