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Meet the Team

An expert team passionate about celebrating nursing history

Stuart Wildman

Stuart Wildman

Forum Chair

Stuart is a retired lecturer in nursing having had a career spanning over 38 years in the National Health Service and higher education. Since retirement in 2014 he has pursued his interest in the history of nursing through an Honorary Research Fellow post at the University of Birmingham and as a member of the steering committee of the UK Association for the History of Nursing (UKAHN). Over a twenty year period he has published articles on the history of nursing and has presented at both national and international conferences on varying aspects of nursing's past. His interests focus on the history of nursing and health care, in particular hospital and home nursing, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has been involved in to two recent RCN initiatives: presenting a paper on nursing on the home front, part of the “British Nurses of the First World War” series and has written 5 biographies for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Currently he is undertaking research into the English poor law nursing services.

Jane Brooks

Jane Brooks

Lecturer, University of Manchester

Jane teaches across all levels of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her research interests include the history of older adult nursing and more recently nursing work in the Second World War. She is Deputy Director of the UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Editor of the Bulletin of the UK Association for the History of Nursing. Her interests that she will be bringing to the History of Nursing Society are the translation of research for the public arena and engaging both new and experienced nurses and nursing students in the history of their profession.

Judith Devine

Judith Devine

Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, University of Bradford

Judith  qualified as a mental health nurse and worked in a variety of acute and community settings before moving into pre-registration nursing teaching in 2005.  She teaches mental health nursing and is currently responsible for delivering nursing history content on pre-registration and nurse associate programmes at the University of Bradford, as well as being Joint Programme Lead.

Judith was a member of the recent Heritage Lottery Funded RCN Service Scrapbooks Project and involved as part of a team of volunteers transcribing and researching World War 1 Nursing diaries and this experience led her to apply to become more involved in the History of Nursing Society.  

Research interests include Asylums and The First World  War and mental health nursing education. 


Margaret Graham

Margaret Graham

Retired Senior Nurse Manager (Public Health)

Margaret trained at the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) and Purdysburn Psychiatric Hospital Belfast, where she completed a dual qualification. Margaret resigned as a ward sister to travel to Australia where she worked and traveled until returning to Belfast to undertake the Health Visitor certificate. Margaret worked as a public health nurse in Belfast, where her career developed into management. Margaret also worked at the Department of Health & Social Services as Business and Contracts Manager for post-registration nursing, with responsibility for commissioning education and training. 

Margaret is lead for the History of Nursing Society in Northern Ireland. Under her initiative, the society gathered narratives in Northern Ireland from nurses who had worked through the period of civil unrest known as the Troubles. These were published in Nurses' Voices from the Northern Ireland Troubles. In 2015, a BBC programme inspired by the book was aired regionally. 

Along with other members of the society in Northern Ireland, Margaret presented the book at RCN Congress 2014 under Inspirational Nurses. 

Panagiotis Poimenidis

Panagiotis Poimenidis

Panos qualified as a register nurse in Greece in 2006. He has worked in a variety of acute and outpatients’ settings. In 2012 he moved to London to further his career. Since 2014 he has worked at Guys and St Thomas Trust (GSTT).

Panos has an interest inpatient and staff experience and the last four years he has been involved in a variety of projects and activities.  In 2015, he became a volunteer at the Florence Nightingale Museum and has participated in various exhibitions and events.  Panos main role was to share his nursing experience, either to health care students or to the public, he has also been involved in leading Art tours for patients and staff at St Thomas Hospital with the collaboration of Guys and St Thomas Charity Art collection department. 

As a member of Guys and St Thomas LGBT (+) Allies forum, he promotes diversity and equality for patients and staff by creating visibility and participating at London Pride and many other of events at GSTT. For all of the aforementioned activities, Panos was awarded with the title Next Generation Florence Nightingale Nurse.

In 2017, as a member of RCN History of Nursing society he contributed to an exhibition about diversity in nursing with entitled Hidden in Plain Sight: Celebrating Nursing Diversity organised by RCN Library and Heritage department.  


Contact

History of Nursing Forum: honf@rcn.org.uk

Professional Lead: Teresa Doherty

Page last updated - 07/01/2020