All about Clare…

Clare is a mother of four, a wife to one. Hopefully, a friend to many. And now at long last a nurse. Her journey began in 1995 when she attended Oxford Brookes University to study paediatric nursing. Ill health meant she had to leave. What followed was a full and very successful career. But something was always missing.

In 2016, with the announcement that nursing bursaries in England were about to cease, she made the decision to walk out of a well-paid career and begin to study mental health nursing. Clare attended Sheffield Hallam University, where among other things she was course and departmental representative. Clare also represented the university on a trip to China. And was the recipient of Sheffield Hallam University’s Inspirational Student of the Year.

Clare is an active member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). In 2019, she served as the student member of the Trade Union Committee and ex-officio member of the RCN Students’ Committee. She was also awarded the RCN Student Ambassador of the Year 2020. Clare is also a former co-lead of the RCN’s Newly Registered Nurses project.

She began engaging with Twitter after being inspired as one of the inaugural Council of Deans’ 150 Leaders cohort. Subsequently, Clare curated and led the Student Nurse Project for the majority of her nursing education. She has been actively involved with empowering women projects through her long association with Girl Guiding.

Clare was shocked to discover her love for academia and graduated with a First-Class Honours degree. She has enrolled on a Masters in Perinatal Mental Health. Clare was also humbled to be the recipient of the Student Nursing Times Student Nurse of the Year (Mental Health) in 2020. She has ambitions to complete a PhD and to be a specialist Health Visitor.

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All about Craig…

With his mum being a nurse, healthcare was always a big part of Craig’s life. Originally he wanted to pursue a career in medicine, getting the required grades. However, Craig moved to London where he trained and worked as an actor for twelve years. Aged 30, he returned to Glasgow, where he made the career move into nursing. Before going to university, Craig went to Glasgow Clyde College. There he completed an HNC in Care and Administrative Practice, enabling him to articulate directly into the second year of his degree programme. While at university Craig was both a class and departmental representative.

He graduated with a First-Class Honours in Nursing Studies (Adult) from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) where he was awarded the Ross Hall Prize for Academic Excellence and Achievement upon graduation. Craig was honoured to represent his university, undertaking an academic exchange programme with California State University, Long Beach. This exchange fostered his passion for global health.

Craig took up his first staff nurse post, working in Infectious Diseases in May 2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. In May 2021, he moved on to work as a community staff nurse in Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership’s Asylum Health Bridging Team, working with newly arrived asylum-seekers to Glasgow. He was promoted to senior nurse in July 2021. Craig’s nursing passions lie in global and public health policy and leadership and management. He aspires to work for the Scottish Government one day as an advisor and researcher specialising in health policy.

He is a Healthcare and Leadership Academy scholar who passionately believes in striving for equity of access and equitable treatment for all to create a socially just healthcare system. He was honoured to sit on the working group for the NHS Scotland Pride badge initiative.

Craig is a member of Sigma Nursing’s Scottish Chapter, Omega Xi, and completed their Nightingale Challenge for novice nurse leaders. In 2021, the Nightingale Challenge became the Nursing Now Challenge. Now, Craig is the Nursing Now Challenge’s European regional hub co-chair with Italy’s Floriana Pinto. They aim to challenge the status quo and promote leadership in early-career nurses and midwives.

He became involved with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) early on, holding one of the two Scottish representative seats on the RCN Students’ Committee. Craig went on to Chair the committee in his second year. Subsequently, he became a steering committee member of the RCN Nurses in Management and Leadership Forum and a curator of RCN Newly Qualified Nurses.

While at university, Craig was a student editor for the Nursing Times and a curator of the Student Nurse Project. @WeNurses included Craig in their list of #100OutstandingNurses in 2018; one of only three student nurses. He was also shortlisted as a future nursing leader for the National Student Nurse Congress Award 2019. Craig was the recipient of the Student Nursing Times Award for Student Nurse of the Year: Adult, 2019.

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