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Nursing leader recognised at Winter Graduation

09/12/2019
Claire Murdoch CBE awarded an Honorary Degree after 35 years working in nursing

Middlesex will recognise one of its notable alumna at this year’s Winter Graduation taking place this week.

Claire Murdoch’s links with Middlesex go back three decades when she was a student at the University. She studied Social Policy part-time while working as a ward sister and matron.  Earlier this year she was awarded a CBE in the 2019 New Year Honours list for Services to the NHS.

Claire has been the Chief Executive of Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust since January 2007 and is also a registered Nurse. Over the past 35 plus years she has held a series of positions working in community and mental health, substance misuse and learning disabilities services.

In June 2016 she was appointed as National Mental Health Director at NHS England (NHSE)  and has been working with the NHSE Mental Health Policy and Programme Team to deliver  the 5 Year Forward View for Mental Health and more recently NHS England’s Long Term Plan.

Claire joined CNWL as Director of Nursing and Operations in 1999. She has a keen interest in social policy and holds a first class honours degree in this area.

In July 2019 she took on responsibility as the Director with oversight of NHS England’s Learning disability programme.

"I am very honoured to be recognised by the University in this way. I received a first class honours degree in Social Policy from the University in the early 90s, having studied  four years part-time, whilst being a ward  sister and matron, so this is a particular pleasure for me." Claire Murdoch CBE

Commenting  “I am very honoured to be recognised by the University in this way. I received a first class honours degree in Social Policy from the University in the early 90s, having studied  four years part-time, whilst being a ward  sister and matron, so this is a particular  pleasure for me. Having spent 35 years  in nursing, the importance of education along with compassion, skill and dedication are as important to the profession as ever.”

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