Dame Donna Kinnair to take head of nursing role at RCN

College announces Dame Donna Kinnair will be replacing Steve Jamieson in senior position

A senior nurse who contributed to Gordon Brown’s commission on the future of nursing and who assisted the Victoria Climbié inquiry has been appointed as the RCN’s head of nursing. 

Dame Donna Kinnair is leaving her post as clinical director of emergency medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust to join the college on June 1. 

She is replacing Steve Jamieson, who brings to an end an association with the college of more than 16 years at the end of this week.

Mr Jamieson has been appointed chief executive at the Hospice of St Francis in Hertfordshire. 

Professor Kinnair advised the then prime minister Gordon Brown’s commission on the future of nursing and midwifery in 2010, and was a nursing and child health assessor to the 2003 inquiry into the abuse and murder of eight-year-old Victoria Climbié by her great aunt Marie-Therese Kouao and her boyfriend Carl Manning.

Professor Kinnair has managed hospital and community nursing teams, worked as a child protection service manager, and is an experienced nurse tutor. 


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