Joanne Bosanquet MBE

Chief Executive

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pre-nursing course at Mexborough College. This experience was instrumental in confirming her desire to pursue nursing as a career. She was able to study subjects such as sociology, psychology and human development and her placements ranged from the care sector to out-patients and general medical wards. All before she was 18 years old!

Joanne then started her adult nursing studies at Sheffield and North Trent School of Nursing and Midwifery in 1989. This was a pivotal time for Joanne. There had never been a plan B so succeeding was the only option. Upon qualification, Joanne gradually moved down the country, first to Leicester, where she specialised in post operative recovery and then London where she progressed her expertise into anaesthetics and high dependency care. By 1996, she yearned to explore much more about the human condition and how we live within our communities, so she studied for her BSc in Health Studies which then led to studying for her health visiting qualifications.

Joanne quickly specialised in care for vulnerable and under-served groups and moved back to Yorkshire to set up a nurse-led in-reach primary care service for dispersed asylum seekers with her colleague Karen. Joanne continued her journey in public health nursing and studied for her MSc in Public Health at City & Queen Mary Universities in 2005. This opened up another world and following a visit to a fellow MSc student who worked at the Health Protection Agency (now the UK Health Security Agency), Joanne decided that she needed to practise at population level. This included investigating and controlling communicable and infectious diseases such as measles in North East and North Central London. After 2 years, she became a nurse consultant. Joanne then received her Queen’s Nurse award in 2010. Joanne was the first health protection nurse to be awarded this prestigious title.

Joanne enjoyed this time of her career very much and undertook a teaching qualification to enable her to expand her role and share her passion with others.

In 2013, following a phenomenal experience working on pandemic flu in 2009 and in the London Olympics Health Protection Team in 2012, Joanne received an MBE for services to health and nursing. Later that year, Joanne was appointed as the first deputy Chief Nurse for Public Health England and spent the next five and a half years developing this role and creating strategic networks and stakeholder relationships across the system, and internationally.

In 2016 Joanne was appointed as an Honorary Fellow and received her Honorary Doctorate from the University of Greenwich in 2017. Joanne was appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey in the same year.

Joanne has been the Chief Executive here at the Foundation of Nursing Studies since May 2019 and is delighted to be leading this organisation into its next phase. Joanne is well known for her drive and passion for the very best standards of practice, leadership and approaches to care. Person-centredness and caring cultures are fundamentals of nursing and midwifery practice at every level, from front line to chief executive, from commissioning to policy making.

Joanne mentors and offers professional support and guidance to undergraduate and registered nursing professionals and supports a range of mentorship and leadership programmes such as the Council of Deans #150 Leaders and Florence Nightingale Foundation leadership scholarship programme, the King’s Fund and the Centre for Population Health. Joanne is a member of the Inspiring the Future programme and is available to share her career story and insights in schools. She is also proud to be an alumni of Windsor Leadership. Joanne is a great believer in reverse mentoring and is open to shadowing opportunities.

Joanne is active on social media and her twitter handle is @MrsBosanquet. Joanne is active in a number of strategic groups and projects, check these out via her Linkedin profile: