International Year of the Nurse and Midwife


The NHS is made up of a range of highly valued professionals and whilst we don't want to lose sight of that, 2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.  As such, HEE in the South West is taking the opportunity to celebrate some of the talented Nursing and Midwifery professionals that we have working with us in the South West. 

As HEE strives to ensure that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviors, at the right time and in the right place we wanted to focus on the way in which some of our Nursing and Midwifery colleagues support education and training, as well as highlight some of the diverse careers on offer within the NHS.  The selection of colleagues below barely touches on the careers that we'd like to celebrate and applaud but we hope it provides a flavour.


Janet Peacock, Healthcare Practice Placement Development Lead

Having begun her nursing career at the age of 49, Jan now aims to support learners by ensuring they have access to high quality learning environments.

Hayley Plowright, Lead Clinical Practice Educator

Hayley trained as a RN in Cornwall and worked in Medical Admissions for 14 years until joining the Learning and Development team in Cornwall as a Clinical Learning Facilitator in 2014.   She just completed the second year of Masters study and been involved in undertaking and publishing research related to CLiPP.

Dr Graham Williamson, Associate Professor in Adult Nursing

Having worked as a nurse, Graham moved into education, developed his research skills and has numerous publications to his name.  Graham says “It’s a real thrill to see people develop as students and then see them again a few years later when they have moved on in their careers”.

Alison Williams, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care

Alison began her career in a general hospital while her children were small she worked as a practice nurse in general practice part time and then was part of the first distance learning cohort in Europe to study for the advanced nurse practitioner qualification. 

Charlotte Wilton, Maternity Matron

Charlotte qualified as a midwife in 2003 and has worked in all areas of midwifery including working with extreme preterm babies. Alison then became a core midwife, spending 7 years on the Delivery Suite before applying for her current role.