UWE awards honorary degree to Liz Redfern CBE

Issue date: 19 July 2011

The University of the West of England will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education to Liz Redfern CBE in recognition of her significant contribution to service to nursing education, leadership and influence in the South West in supporting nursing practice and policy.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences on Tuesday 19 July 2011 at Bristol Cathedral.

Born in West Yorkshire, Liz Redfern attended Rochdale Girls Grammar School. Liz joined the NHS in 1970 as a cadet nurse and then qualified in general and paediatric nursing in Manchester in 1974.

Liz's career has taken her to Edinburgh, Cambridge and London and has included time in neurosurgery and neurology as a ward sister, clinical specialist and clinical manager. Her career focus changed in 1987, to educating nurses and other health professionals at pre and post registration levels. This change motivated her to study a part-time degree in adult education.

During the mid 1990s Liz became interested in organisational change and the effect on teams and individuals. She undertook a number of short-term appointments with projects linked to organisations undergoing significant change.

Liz came to the South West when appointed as the South West Regional Nurse Advisor to the Department of Health in 1999. She then became Chief Nurse for the Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority, and later took up the position of Director of Patient Care and Nursing at Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust. Liz is currently the Director of Patient Care, Workforce and Nursing at the South West Strategic Health Authority.

Liz Redfern said, “I am thrilled to receive this honour from the University of the West of England as it particularly recognises the work I have done throughout my career to develop others and create a system that makes learning flexible and accessible to health care professionals. I have had the privilege of working with teams and individuals who always want to learn from their experience and apply that learning to continuously improve the patient experience. This award recognises their commitment to providing great patient care too.”

Liz has been involved in several groundbreaking regional and national projects focusing on improving patient care and nursing in the South West. In 2009, she was awarded a CBE for her services to the NHS and nursing.


Editor's Notes

· The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences on Tuesday 19 July 2011 at 10:30 at Bristol Cathedral.

· Photographs will be available to the media following the ceremony upon request to the Press Office.


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