University Dean with wide healthcare expertise is picked for RCN Institute Board

Published: 25 September 2006 at 12:45

The Dean of the Institute for Health and Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University, Michael Cook, who is also Professor of Healthcare Leadership, has been appointed as a new member of the Board of Governors of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Institute.

Professor Cook is one of six new members of the Board of Governors, appointed by the RCN Council. In this new role, he will be responsible for helping to develop the Institute’s strategic plan, monitoring the performance of the Institute, participating in the appointment of senior Institute staff and shaping the financial strategy of the Institute.

An active member of the RCN since commencing his student nurse training in the late 70s, Professor Cook has nearly 30 years experience of working in and with the NHS. The major part of his career has been spent within healthcare education working predominantly in higher education. His research and related academic developments have been related to healthcare leadership development, culminating in his appointment as Dean of the IHSC at Anglia Ruskin University. He is committed to the continuous improvement of services to patients and clients through high quality education, research and consultancy.

Speaking of his appointment, Professor Cook said:

“I have worked with a number of health sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland focusing on healthcare leadership development; and also studied healthcare leadership in Australia, America and Canada. These experiences enable me to bring to the Board a range of views and different perspectives.”

“I believe that I will bring a fresh perspective to the proceedings. I am passionate about improving care through different approaches and utilise a strong nursing background to inform my views.”

Professor Cook holds Masters Degrees in Education Management and Quality Management. He has also completed a doctoral award in Clinical Leadership.

He was a non-executive member of a Strategic Health Authority Board and has published two books on healthcare issues and a third is in the final stages of publication on nursing foundations.

The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.