Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Queen Elizabeth II leaving the Medical School following the opening of the Queen's Medical Centre in 1977

History of Nursing at Nottingham

The University of Nottingham has been teaching nursing in Nottingham for 30 years.

In 1990 The Department of Nursing Studies was established in the University of Nottingham, recruiting its first undergraduate students. The Mid-Trent College of Nursing and Midwifery (North and South Lincolnshire, Mansfield, Derby and Nottingham) merged with the University on 1 August 1995 creating a School of Nursing with some 2,000 students, also incorporating the Schools of Physiotherapy and Audiology.

Over the past 30 years the School of Nursing has evolved to become the School of Health Sciences which incorporates Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation.

The School of Nursing, always a leader in education, was one of the first adopters of Project 2000 bringing a revolution in the way nurses are educated.

Award Winners

A large number of our students and staff have won awards over the past 30 years. 

View a list of our award winners

Notable Staff

Stacy Johnson MBE

Associate Professor Stacy Johnson, in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, has been appointed Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to healthcare and Higher Education.

Dr Johnson is an award winning lecturer, most recently recognised for her international leadership of student nurses in the UK Teaching Excellence Awards.

She is in demand as an advisor and speaker on healthcare – particularly on matters involving equality, diversity and inclusion.

Since 2012 she has been a member of England’s Chief Nursing Officer’s Black and Minority Ethnic Group, advising on issues affecting BME patients and staff. She also lectures on and researches into the areas of healthcare leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dr Johnson has developed an exemplary reputation for capacity and capability building in the international Higher Education arena. She leads the School of Health Sciences' strategy on international leadership and is a visiting lecturer at the Henan University of Science and Technology in China.

She has been involved in advising on curriculum reform, faculty development and leadership development in nurse education in the UK, South Africa, China, the Middle East, India and the Caribbean.

Helen Laverty MBE

On Thursday 31 January 2019, Helen Laverty, Professional Lead for Learning Disability Nursing in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, was at Buckingham Palace to receive her MBE from the Duke of Cambridge, after being recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Helen is a passionate advocate and supporter for those living with a learning disability, she has been influential in the education and development of more than 700 learning disability nurses at Nottingham. She is also the founder of Positive Choices — the only national network of learning disability students, academics, employers, people with a learning disability and families in the UK.

Helen first became interested in learning disabilities when on a school volunteering placement at the age of 14 and has now been a registered nurse for more than 30 years.

Read Helen's blog post to find out more about her special day at the Palace

Helen also receive the Chief Nursing Officer Silver Award in 2019 for consistently promoting and generating new approaches to enhance the profile of the learning disability nursing profession.


Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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