Leading the way

 Catherine Best 20 Feb 2019

Newly elected Chair of the Yorkshire and the Humber regional board Catherine Best writes about some of her aims and hopes for her new role.


Nursing is in a state of constant change and requires strong and decisive leaders to influence future professional practice.

Today’s nursing leaders need to be courageous in their actions and to empower others to work collaboratively in order to deliver healthcare that really works.  

Becoming Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Board will enable me to strongly influence and therefore shape professional nursing practice and promote the continued development of a workforce that is able to lead and drive forward on contemporary issues. 

In my early career I worked within elderly care and for a number of charitable organisations. Since 2001 I have worked within the specialist field of occupational health; being admitted to part 3 of the nursing register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in 2006. Today I am a nursing lecturer at the University of Bradford. 
As part of this role I have been actively involved in shaping professional practice, utilising both my professional knowledge and integrity to influence and strengthen positive relationships and to promote quality care. 

Throughout my nursing career I have striven to collaborate with others. To be bold in my actions, to strengthen my resolve and to develop my skills and those of others as safe and effective quality leaders. 

Come on this journey with me. There may be many challenges along the way; but with strength of conviction I believe we can make a change for the better. 


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Catherine Kelsey

Catherine Best

Nursing Lecturer, University of Bradford

Catherine is a nursing lecturer at the University of Bradford and is module leader for the Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making Skills module.

Her contribution to nursing has been recognised by being awarded the title of Queen's Nurse by the Queen's Nursing Institute and becoming a nominated member of Sigma Theta Tau International.

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