NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s most senior nursing figure, Professor Margaret Smith, is leaving her NHS career behind to spearhead the development of nurses, midwives and allied health professional of the future as Dean of Nursing and Midwifery at Dundee University.
Margaret leaves behind a rich legacy having made a major contribution to the changing face of nursing during her 30 years in Glasgow’s NHS.
Robert Calderwood, NHS GGC’s Chief Operating Officer for the Acute Division, said: “Dundee’s gain is our loss. Margaret has made a significant contribution to the development of nursing, both nationally and within Greater Glasgow. In particular, she has worked closely with further education institutions to progress nurse education and has played a pivotal role in the modernization of nursing careers.
“As a result, we now have a wide range of advanced professional roles including nurse consultants and nurse practitioners, e.g. nurse endoscopitsts and nurse practitioners, who are pushing the boundaries of traditional practice.”
Margaret is incredibly proud of the nursing staff working right across the health board area. She said: “The health system and the role of the nurse within that has changed dramatically in the three decades I’ve worked in Glasgow. I must admit when I came to work in Glasgow I didn’t think I’d last three weeks let alone 30 years!
“The position of nursing and midwifery in Glasgow is the envy of many both nationally and throughout the UK and I know that it will continue to flourish.”
Margaret first qualified in 1980 and worked in a range of critical care units in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Her first Director post came in 1993, when she was appointed as Director of Nursing for the Victoria Infirmary Trust. In 1995 she was appointed as Director of Nursing and Quality for Glasgow Royal Infirmary University Hospitals Trust. She was subsequently appointed as North Glasgow’s Director of Nursing before assuming her current role in 2005.
In addition to Margaret’s professional role, for the last five years she has been the Joint Clinical Leader in the development of the new Stobhill and Victoria Hospitals where she has worked to develop future models of care.
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