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National mental health director Claire Murdoch says future of nursing is bright

Claire Murdoch originally wanted to have a career as an actor and dancer, but after five ‘enjoyable’ years of travelling the UK in semi-professional productions, she decided that her talents lay elsewhere. 
Claire Murdoch

Claire Murdoch originally wanted to have a career as an actor and dancer, but after five ‘enjoyable’ years of travelling the UK in semi-professional productions, she decided that her talents lay elsewhere. After seeing an advertisement in a women’s magazine, her career took a change of direction.

Claire Murdoch

Now, 30-odd years later, she is the chief executive of one of the largest integrated community and mental health trusts as well as being NHS England’s national mental health director.

‘I decided I wanted to get a proper job. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to help people. I saw an advert in a magazine for mental health nurses describing these people with problems and how mental health nurses made the difference to their lives.

'At the time I didn’t have the first clue that there was such a

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