RGU professor to look at failures in care and the role of regulation in nursing and midwifery

The failures in care within nursing and midwifery and the role of public protection regulation for the profession will be examined at an event in Aberdeen.

Ian MurrayThe event is the latest professorial lecture to be announced by Robert Gordon University (RGU) where a number of experts discuss topical research issues.

The head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at RGU, Professor Ian Murray, will deliver a public lecture on Wednesday, February 18 at the university’s Faculty of Health and Social Care building. 

Entitled ‘Nursing and Midwifery: Possibly the Most Regulated Profession in the UK so Why Do so Many Things Seem to go Wrong?’, Professor Murray’s lecture will look to contextualise failures in care within nursing and midwifery and try to dispel some myths about such events while evaluating the role of regulation in ensuring protection of the public.

Professor Murray says: “Over the last 30 years we have witnessed a number of high profile enquiries into failures in care. We have also seen the emergence of a regulatory system that is often perceived as overly complicated with questions frequently asked about whether the regulator’s rules, regulations and standards actually protect the public.

“I intend to explore some of the key reports along with an analysis of the regulatory responses during my lecture.”

Professor Murray joined RGU in May 2013 and has more than 25 years of experience working in the nursing and education sector.

He began his nursing career by training as a mental health and general nurse before moving into education initially as a clinical teacher in Aberdeen and then at the University of Dundee.

During his academic career, Professor Murray has been the academic lead for mental health nursing and senior lecturer curriculum development including problem based learning and e-learning strategies, and has made a major contribution to the development of policy within the area of nurse and Allied Health Professions (AHP) education and regulation.

His research activities include an evaluation of the introduction of nurse prescribing in Scotland, and an exploration of stress and coping in district nurses.

The lecture, which is free to attend, will begin at 6pm and will be followed by an opportunity for question and answers as well as refreshments.

To register your attendance at the lecture, please email Anna Duthie or call 01224 262210.

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