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Dr Neesha Oozageer Gunowa is the Pathway Lead for Community Nursing at the University of Surrey.

She combines this role with that of a PhD Candidate at Oxford Brookes University.  During her early clinical years, Neesha was employed as an Associate Matron and District Nurse at a large South London integrated Trust where she provided managerial and clinical professional leadership to Community Nursing Teams.  She then started her academic career at Kingston University & St. George’s, University of London as Senior Lecturer in Community Nursing.

Her passion for community nursing, research and nurse education has fuelled a passion for the exploration of health inequities in nursing. In 2016, Neesha was awarded a scholarship at the Oxford Institute for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR).  She then started her PhD focusing on nurse education and the presentation of pressure ulcers among people with darker skin tones and completed this in 2022.

She has more recently developed a national reputation, becoming a board member of the National Wound Care Strategy Programme.  Her work has been recognised by numerous highly reputable nursing organisations including The Florence Nightingale Foundation and the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma.

Neesha is a Clinical Fellow with NHSE/I and the Council of Deans of Health.