What's that Professor?
The staff team, volunteers and board are absolutely bursting with pride to get the news that our very own Chair, Craig Harris, has been appointed to the honorary post of ‘Visiting Professor’ at Manchester Metropolitian University (MMU) with the Health, Psychology & Social Care facility.
Craig is currently the Executive Nurse & Director, Citywide Commissioning & Quality for Manchester NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, and has been a trustee of Survivors Manchester since 2011.
“I have been part of the NHS for 19 years now; 16 of these as a qualified nurse, 11 in a commissioning role and over 5 in a director’s role. Nursing as a professional speciality, intelligent commissioning as a role specialty, and health and social care integration and mental health are my areas of subject matter expertise and so I’m really excited to be able to share my knowledge with a new generation of healthcare professionals in the making”
Craig became a Professor having been nominated for the role by the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Health, Psychology & Social Care Faculty, demonstrating his contribution to this particular area of expertise. Craig adds “I am extremely privileged and honoured to have been appointed and intend to have a strong, visible presence in the university; this will not be limited to teaching, but will also include strategic direction, clinical innovation and research. Although I am not an academic scholar, I will be providing personal support in research projects and hope to author chapters of a forth coming health and social care integration book. There are very interesting times ahead, and I am thrilled to be a key player alongside MMU.”
When quizzed on what part of the role he is particularly looking forward to, Craig said “This is an excellent and exiting opportunity, both for Nursing as a profession and for my personal career aspirations and prospects. I am committed to being involved in the Academic Health and Social Care Partnership and participating in the development of a new clinical practice model for the future of health and social care integration. I am also looking to forward forging new relationships and links with the University and the wider partners in Manchester, Greater Manchester and nationally.”
When asked about what he would like to achieve during his allocated 5 year tenure, Craig told us “I would like to lead nursing as a profession into a new era, helping to cultivate a workforce that is fit for purpose and sustainable longer term; I will aim to develop nurse champions across all sectors, along with an international ambassador role for nursing in health and social care. I would also like to undertake some research regarding workforce models to move further towards an innovative, integrated health and social care system offer.”
We couldnt be more proud, well done Craig!