Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark DBE, PhD, BSc, RGN, FRCN , a UCH nursing alumnus, has agreed to be the Patron of the UCLH Centre for Building Nurse and Midwife led Research.
One of the UK's foremost nurse academics, Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark has played a major role in enhancing the quality of nursing and midwifery education in the UK and has an international research profile. Dame Jill is totally committed to strengthening the evidence base for nursing and midwifery practice.
She was a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Unit of Assessment Panel in RAE 2008 and previous Chair of the UK Council of Deans. She is Professor of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton where she was Dean of the Faculty for twelve years. During this time she spearheaded the development of inter-professional teaching and learning for all health professional students as well as establishing a pioneering non-medical clinical academic careers pathway.
Before joining the University of Southampton she held a range of academic posts in the University of London, including nine years as Professor of Nursing at King's College London during which time she was also Head of Postgraduate Studies (1990-1991), Director of Normanby College (1991-1993), and Director of the Nightingale Institute (1993 - 1998). Her research interests focus on communication between health professionals and patients, health promotion and smoking cessation.
She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in 1997 and was honoured for her contribution to the nursing profession by the award of Dame of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2001.
Dame Jill is also a keen sailor and is a member of disabled sailing charities. She is married and has two sons and five grandchildren.