Fellows Coordinating Committee

The Fellows Co-ordinating Committee is the decision making body for RCN Fellows and organises activities for RCN Fellows.

Members of the Committee are:

Professor Kathleen McCourt CBE FRCN - Chair

Following a clinical and academic career she is presently a Non-Executive Director of the Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust. In the RCN she has been both a Council Member and Chair of Council as well as chairing RCN International Committee. She is Honorary Colonel of 201 Field Hospital based in Newcastle. Kath is President of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation working with the National Nurses Associations and Civil Society Groups. She was awarded a CBE in 2012 for her contribution to nursing. Kath was made a Fellow of the RCN in 2008

Professor Michael Brown FRCN

Michael is Professor of Nursing and Academic Head of Continuing Professional and Academic Development in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen's University Belfast. He was Nurse Consultant in Learning Disabilities and Professor of Health & Social Care Research in Edinburgh prior to this. An active researcher he has undertaken numerous studies on the health and well-being of people with learning disabilities and has published extensively in national and international journals. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded the Fellow of the RCN in 2015.

Paula Hancock FRCN 

Following professional registration and clinical nursing practice Paula worked in nursing education in a variety of roles. As a Senior Nursing Lecturer and Head of International Affairs in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield, she was responsible for teaching and supporting nurses and midwives at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her specialist knowledge and expertise in international nursing and nursing education, enabled her to work effectively with nurses and midwives from other countries both in the UK and abroad and manage several international projects. Paula was Vice Chair of the RCN’s International Committee and member of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation Board. Now semi-retired Paula continues to actively support the RCN having received her Fellowship in 2015.

Professor David Sines CBE FRCN

Professor David Sines was previously Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean and Professor of Community Health Care Nursing at the Faculty of Society and Health at Buckinghamshire New University. He held previous roles as Executive Dean for the Faculty of Health & Social Care at London South Bank University and as Head of School of Health Sciences at the University of Ulster. David obtained his PhD in social policy from the University of Southampton in 1993 and has held four Secretary of State appointments, including appointments to the UKCC and NMC. He has been a Governor of three NHS Foundation Trusts in London and a Non-Executive Director in two NHS Trusts in London and Buckinghamshire. David received a CBE in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for ‘Services to Health Care’. David is employed as Emeritus Professor and Provost for Health and Social Care at Buckinghamshire New University. David is currently appointed as a professional advisor to Health Education England in London and is Chair of the Health and Social Care Academy in Buckinghamshire and works closely with primary care strategy and transformation in London. David is a Trustee with The Burdett Nursing Trust and is Patron with the Learning Disability Charity Choice Support and holds appointment as Honorary Vice President with the Northern Ireland Charity People and Professionals for Autism. David was appointed as Chair of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners in 2018 and was previously appointed as Chair of the DH/Health Education England task force that developed education and training standards for the aesthetic sector between 2013 and 2016. David received his RCN Fellowship in 1989.

Dr Sue Woodward FRCN

Sue is a senior lecturer at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care at King’s College London. Sue worked clinically within the field of neurosciences nursing almost exclusively since she qualified as a registered nurse in 1988. She became a full-time lecturer at King's College London in 1999, completed a four-year term as head of department for specialist and palliative care and completed her PhD studies in 2011. Sue has co-edited the “Oxford Handbook of Neuroscience Nursing” (2009) and "Neuroscience Nursing - Evidence-based Practice" (2011), the only two neuroscience nursing texts published in the UK. Sue’s current research focuses on bowel management in inflammatory bowel disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Sue has particular interests and expertise in bladder and bowel care within neuroscience, management of patients with long-term neurological conditions and clinical education. She is Chair of the Royal College of Nursing Neurosciences Forum, founding editor and Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, Commissioning Editor of the British Journal of Nursing and was a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group for urinary incontinence in neurological disorders. Sue received her RCN Fellowship in 2017.

You can find out more about the Fellows Co-ordinating Committee by reading the terms of reference.

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