Regional Heads of Nursing and Midwifery appointed by HEE
on 10 November 2020
Health Education England (HEE) have appointed four Regional Heads of Nursing and Midwifery across the country to support the government’s ambition of recruiting 50,000 more nurses and midwives.
Carol Love-Mecrow will take up her role in the Midlands, Christian Brailsford will lead in the South West, Professor Laura Serrant will lead in the North East and Yorkshire, and Nichole McIntosh will head the Nursing and Midwifery team in London.
Chief Executive for HEE, Dr Navina Evans, said: “This is fantastic news, I am particularly pleased that our aim to encourage more BAME candidates to apply for senior roles at HEE is paying off with three out of four successful candidates coming from a BAME background. I am committed to making HEE the best place to work and making it more inclusive so this is a great step forward in helping to achieve that aim.”
Carol Love-Mecrow and Nichole McIntosh will be starting their roles in November, with Christian Brailsford starting in December, and Professor Laura Serrant joining in January 2021.
Professor Laura Serrant
Laura has extensive experience in national and international health policy development with particular input on racial and ethnic inequalities and cultural safety. She is currently Head of Nursing and Professor of Community and Public Health Nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Christian has over 15 years of experience working in organ and tissue donation with NHS Blood and Transplant before recently returning to Critical Care and the acute sector, with Sherwood Forest Hospitals.
Carol joined the NHS in 1986. journey in the NHS began in 1986. She started her training at the Dudley and Stourbridge School of Nursing and after qualifying worked as a staff nurse at Russells Hall Hospital. Carol’s career at Russells Hall Hospital then began to progress outside of the clinical setting and she was appointed into roles such as a Professional Development Nurse (PDN), Lecturer Practitioner, PDN Lead Post Registration, Clinical Education Lead, Non-Medical Education Lead, Head of Non-Medical Education and finally Deputy Chief Nurse.
With significant experience working in London, Nichole is an accomplished compassionate nurse leader with demonstrable experience of improving patient experience and fostering a culture of learning and quality improvement in her previous roles.
She has held many key senior positions including assistant director of nursing, head of nursing, matron, senior nurse and clinical manager for older people and stroke services, frailty and cognitive impairment.