RCNi’s new editorial advisory board chair named

Alison Dinning has more than 30 years’ experience in areas including critical care outreach, clinical leadership and workforce development

Alison Dinning takes over as RCNi editorial board chair from 

Alison Dinning has been appointed chair of the RCNi editorial advisory board.

Ms Dinning is the clinical lead for professional development, education and workforce in the Institute of Nursing and Midwifery Care Excellence at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

She has worked as an adult nurse for 32 years, specialising clinically in critical care, renal nursing and critical care outreach.

She succeeds the inaugural board chair Caroline Shuldham, who stood down at the end of her term in November. Ms Shuldham has since joined the RCNi company board.

Role of the advisory board 

The editorial advisory board meets regularly during the year to discuss the latest issues in nursing and advise RCNi on how best to provide information to help nurses on the front line.


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Ms Dinning has extensive experience in interprofessional acute care education, workforce development and preceptorship.

Distinguished career 

In her current role, she works collaboratively with specialist educators in the trust, the wider healthcare community and higher education institutions in Nottinghamshire to develop strategies for education and development of nurses and the wider workforce.

She has designed and facilitated training programmes for healthcare staff working in the integrated care system, many focusing on supporting clinicians to improve their confidence, knowledge and skills when caring for deteriorating patients.

Critical care outreach work

Ms Dinning has worked as a critical care outreach nurse since the service began in 2000 and continues to work clinically as an outreach nurse each month.

She was recent past chair of the National Outreach Forum and in 2018 led a national working group to develop a national competency framework for registered practitioners caring for patients in Level 1 and Enhanced Care Areas.


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'My primary interests are improving the quality and safety of patient care, improving the patient experience, teaching, supporting and developing the multiprofessional team,' Ms Dinning said.

A passion for spreading best practice

Announcing Ms Dinning's appointment, RCNi editorial director Gary Bell said: 'We are very pleased that Alison has accepted this role.

'Her passion for nurses and nursing, and for spreading the word about best practice has been evident during her two years as a member of the board.

'We are grateful for her continuing support and for the support of all the board members as we strive to provide relevant and practical information to support the nursing workforce.'

Further information

RCNi editorial advisory board