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England’s Chief Nurse to open new £4.5 million School of Health Sciences

Published 16/05/2013

Nurses, midwives and care givers from across Derbyshire will be gathering at the Royal Derby Hospital tomorrow (Friday May 17th) for a day-long nursing conference titled ‘Commitment to Compassionate Care’. 

The keynote conference address will be given by Jane Cummings, the Chief Nursing Officer for England. 

“We are delighted to be welcoming Jane Cummings back to the Royal Derby Hospital to address our conference. Nurses, midwives and care givers from across the county will be very interested to hear what she has to say. We as an NHS Foundation Trust place compassionate care at the centre of everything that we do and our aim as care givers is to ensure that every patient is treated with care and compassion” said Derby Hospitals Director of Patient Experience and Chief Nurse Cathy Winfield. 

During the conference Jane Cummings will be officially opening the University of Nottingham’s new £4.5 million School of Health Sciences at the Royal Derby Hospital. The new School provides a modern training facility, attached to the Royal Derby Hospital, where nurses and allied health professionals receive tuition during their degree courses.

Patrick Callaghan, Professor of Mental Health Nursing and Head of the School of Health Sciences at The University of Nottingham, said: “The school extends a warm welcome to Jane Cummings. We are especially pleased that Jane will open officially our new building at Derby. This is an important milestone in the school continuing to attract people into the health science professions with the values, attitudes and skills in communication, caring, compassion, commitment, competence and courage.”

The following day, on Saturday May 18th, there will be a parade of Derbyshire’s nurses, midwives and care givers from St Peter’s Church in Derby through the city centre to the Cathedral for the Annual Florence Nightingale Commemorative Service at 11 am.

Approximately 150 staff from across Derbyshire will gather for the parade which leaves St Peter’s Church at 10.30am. The route will be down St.Peter’s Street, across Victoria Street, through the Corn Market and Iron Gate onto Derby Cathedral.

Dr Paula Crick, Acting Head of the University of Derby’s School of Health, said “Our staff and our students are delighted to be taking part in Derby’s celebration of nursing and the life and work of Florence Nightingale. 

“We work closely with Derby Hospitals to provide our Nursing degree students with placements across its wards and community sites. As a significant number of our graduates go on to find employment with the Trust, many of those we will be walking with on the day will be our graduates.”

Derby Hospitals Choir will be taking part in the commemorative Cathedral Service. The service is free and is open to everyone. Guests need to be seated by 10.45 am.


For further information, please contact:

Amanda Wells

Communications and Media Manager

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 


01332 786947

07799 337677


Last Modified 16/05/2013