Royal College of Nursing (RCN) , Research & Innovation Manager
After graduating in nursing Ann worked as a staff nurse in mental health, surgical and oncology settings. She specialized in cancer nursing and worked as a clinical specialist in Manchester where she went on to complete a Masters degree in nursing. In 1989 Ann was appointed Assistant Director of Nursing leading a team of researchers and analysts responsible for research and development, quality, and informatics in Mid-Staffs.
Ann joined the RCN in 1994 as the professional lead for research working in partnership with the RCN Research Society. She set up the RCN Research and Development Co-ordinating Centre in the University of Manchester and developed the first RCN Research Strategy.
After undertaking the MPhil in Critical Management Programme at Lancaster University Ann was awarded a PhD in 2008 from Salford University where she explored the conditions where innovations in health care may flourish.
In 2010 Ann took on an RCN professional leadership role for innovation in practice and as a direct result of the RCNs Frontline First campaign has had the privilege of working with nurse innovators across the UK building their capability in economic assessment to demonstrate the value of nursing innovation. Ann currently leads on the RCN Leadership programme: Demonstrating Value and is working with a cohort of Roald Dahl specialist nurses.
As well as the RCN Research Society Ann is the RCN Professional Lead for the RCN Cancer and Breast care forum and the Gastroenterology nursing Forum
Ann is a Visiting Research Fellow at Glasgow University, a Visiting Professor at Plymouth University and she Co-Editor in Chief the Journal of Research in Nursing.