QNIS has appointed three new Trustees and, for the first time, a Deputy Director.
The move will enable QNIS to build upon its long history of supporting, and its strong track record in championing, community nursing throughout Scotland.
Joining the Council of QNIS as Trustees are; Sian Tucker, head of service and clinical director of the Lothian Unscheduled Care Service (LUCS), David Williams, Director of Creative Help, and, Nicky Connor, Associate Director of Nursing in NHS Fife.
Their appointment brings the number of QNIS Trustees to 15.
Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie, Chair of QNIS Council, said: “We welcome the diversity of experience the three new Trustees can bring and we look forward to their contributions.”
Dr Jonathan Sher is starting work this week as the charitable organisation’s Deputy Director. This position has been created to further strengthen QNIS in terms of research, policy and programme development.
Since moving to Scotland from the USA in 2005, Dr Sher has served as the Director of Research, Policy and Programmes at Children in Scotland and then as the Scotland Director of WAVE Trust.
Previously, he has had academic appointments, been a Chief Executive, coordinated coalitions and written many published articles and reports. His latest co-authored one – written prior to joining QNIS — appears in the current issue of the Journal of Public Health: https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/advance-article/doi/10.1093/pubmed/fdy131/5076112
Dr Sher said: “Having admired the reach and accomplishments of Scotland’s community nurses, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, them more closely.
“They have often been the hidden heroes among our nation’s health professionals. The time has come to highlight the many major contributions of community nursing to Scotland’s health and wellbeing, as well as to ensure this great work is more fully recognised and sustained.”
Clare Cable, QNIS Chief Executive and Nurse Director, added: “We are very pleased Dr Sher is bringing his extensive experience in health, education and child/family wellbeing to the team.
“He is an internationally respected researcher and effective advocate for preventing harm and promoting health. Jonathan’s involvement will increase QNIS’ influence and impact on behalf of Scotland’s community nurses.”
Dr Sher took up his position at QNIS on September 3, while the new Trustees were appointed in August.