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University honours top nurse with building opening

02 Jun 2009

The University of Manchester will officially open the new Jean McFarlane Building – home to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, the School of Community Based Medicine and the Institute of Health Sciences – today (June 2).

Jean McFarlane has enjoyed a distinguished nursing career
Jean McFarlane has enjoyed a distinguished nursing career

Born in Cardiff in 1926, Jean McFarlane has enjoyed a distinguished nursing career, leading the Royal College of Nursing’s now-famous ‘Study of Nursing Care’ programme of research in the late 1960s.

Having spent a year as Director of Education at the RCN, Jean was invited to become the head of the Nursing Section of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at The University of Manchester.

In 1973, she was made the first Professor of Nursing in England and became Head of the newly-established Department of Nursing. Jean was involved in an influential Royal Commission on the National Health Service in the late 1970s and in 1979, in acknowledgement of her services to health care, Professor McFarlane was made Baroness McFarlane of Llandaff.

Jean retired from the University in 1989 but continued to sit in the House of Lords for the next 20 years.

Jean is not able to attend the ceremony herself but a number of her relatives will be attending in her place. The event, which takes place at noon, will include speeches from the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Gilbert, the Head of the School of Nursing, Professor Karen Luker, Professor Bonnie Sibbald, on behalf of the Institute of Health Sciences, and Dr Christine Hallett, a Senior Lecturer and expert in the history of nursing.

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Aeron Haworth
Media Officer
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
The University of Manchester

Tel: 0161 275 8383
Email: aeron.haworth@manchester.ac.uk