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Director of nursing appointed as university clinical professor

24 Jun 2015

WLMHT director of nursing, Beverley Murphy, has been appointed as clinical associate professor of nursing at the University of West London.

Beverley MurphyBeverley is a highly experienced director of nursing having worked for more than 30 years in mental health care in NHS trusts in the Southeast and Yorkshire. Since 2008 Beverley has been a director of governance, and she took up her role as executive director of nursing at West London Mental Health Trust in November 2014.

Beverley holds a masters degree in working with people with eating disorders, from The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Her academic appointment at the University of West London (UWL) is her first research post.

She brings rich experience of working within the NHS at a time when services are undergoing dramatic change amidst continuing financial pressures, and there is a growing public recognition of the central importance of improving mental health services.

Charmagne Barnes, dean of the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare at UWL said: “We welcome Beverley to the college. Her appointment will strengthen connections between research, education and clinical practice within mental health, and further enhance the university’s strong relationship with the trust.”

Beverley said: “I am delighted to be taking up this academic challenge, which is a new and exciting experience for me. Today’s students are entering the health professions at a time of dramatic change when our ability to improve the lives and health outcomes of people has never been better.

“At the same time we rightly face increasing levels of public scrutiny about the quality of care we deliver and the compassion we show vulnerable patients. And the nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals of tomorrow will have to constantly adapt and change with advances in medical knowledge and new ways of working.

“Nursing and quality improvement are my passions and I feel privileged to be able to work with the next generation of healthcare professionals to pass on some of my knowledge and, I hope, inspire students to pursue a career in what I firmly believe is the best profession in the world.”

For more information, contact the communications team on 020 8354 8737 or at communications@wlmht.nhs.uk.