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I am a Registered Nurse with a background in general Nursing and have Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK. I have over 25 years' experience of theoretical and applied research in Health Informatics, or eHealth, with a particular focus on health records and ontologies.

I hold an adjunct position of Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Colorado, Denver, USA where I teach on the Informatics Masters programme. I teach also on the Health Informatics programme at the University of Wales, Swansea, UK, and I am External Examiner for the Health Informatics Masters programme at University College London/University of Manchester, UK.

I have previously held eHealth leadership roles at the UK Royal College of Nursing and the International Council of Nurses - I currently act as Director of the International Classification for Nursing Practice Programme.

I have published widely and am asked regularly to speak at conferences and seminars. I was for 10 years Editor-in-Chief of Informatics for Health and Social Care.

I am Vice Chair (Working Groups) and UK representative to the International Medical Informatics Association Nursing Informatics Working Group, a member of national and international standards bodies and think tanks, and I regularly provide advice to organisations such as the NHS.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the American Academy of Nursing, and the American College of Medical Informatics and was the recipient of the 2017 Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

UK Representative, Nursing Informatics Working Group, International Medical Informatics Association

2018 → …

Treasurer, Association for Common European Nursing Diagnoses Interventions and Outcomes

2017 → …

Chair, Chief Nursing Information Officer Network Advisory Group


Council member, National Institute of Medical Herbalists

2017 → …

Editor-in-Chief - Informatics for Health & Social Care


Board Member, British Computer Society Nursing Specialist Group

Professor (Adjunct), University of Colorado Denver

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Health Informatics
  • eHealth
  • Communication Technology
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Supporting practice and care
  • Standardized languages
  • Ontologies
  • Communication technology


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