Anne Marie Rafferty - Biography#

Professor Rafferty is a world-leading academic, clinician, policy and cultural entrepreneur and thought leader in her field with over 200 academic publications, books, journalism, thought pieces and media engagement. She is author of one of the top 1% most highly cited paper s in my field worldwide and one of the most influential clinical leaders, policy experts and health services researcher at King’s College, recent recipient of The Health Service Journal Top 100 Clinical Leaders Award (2015) and Nursing Times Leadership Award (2014) and about to be inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society’s Researcher Hall of Fame in Cape Town, South Africa 2016. I have advised governments on nursing nationally and internationally (e.g. National Nursing Research Centre, USA) EU Commission on Nursing Workforce; Qatar Ministry of Health on Education. Nationally I was seconded to the Department of Health to work with Lord Ara Darzi and the Chief Nursing Office, Professor Dame Christine Beasley during the Next Stage Review and was a member of the Prime Minister’s Commission on Nursing and Midwifery. From the higher education policy side I was appointed to sub panel 3 for the Research Assessment Exercise 2004-8 and Research Excellence Framework REF2014 for nursing, midwifery, allied health professions, dentistry and pharmacy, the largest and most complex panel of its kind and before that RAE panel.

She is a thought leader, policy and cultural entrepreneur; a natural connector of people, ideas and action who has led and innovated cross disciplinary working across the arts and sciences. I have been at the forefront of developing medical humanities as Co-Director of the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College, London; crafted artist-in-residence programmes and been Director of Academic Outreach for widening access to higher education for KCL Currently I am leading on Arts and Health for the College and Academic Adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry on Arts and Health with the Cultural Institute of King’s. I have a fractional appointment at Imperial College, London to contribute to the National Institute for Health funded National Patient Safety Centre working to Lord Ara Darzi and appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

Among her key achievements and distinctions are a number firsts: first nurse to gain a doctorate from Oxford University (Modern History); first nurse to be awarded a CBE for services to healthcare; Harkness Health Policy Fellowship to study at the University of Pennsylvania; senior nurse appointment to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, latterly Head of the Health Services Research Unit; first European nurse to be awarded the University of Virginia Agnes Dillion Award for academic distinction in the history of nursing and medicine.

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