The LSBU Dame Elizabeth Anionwu Annual Lecture 2022

LSBU are proud to announce the launch of our Dame Elizabeth Anionwu Annual Lecture: Celebrating Inclusivity in Nursing & Midwifery Register Now

About this event

Date: 13 October 2022
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Price: Free
Telephone: Please email
Organiser: Institute of Health & Social Care, LSBU

Hailed as one of the UK's greatest ever nurses, Dame Elizabeth Anionwu has had an incredible career and a monumental impact on the nursing profession. From her early days as a health visitor through to becoming the first ever sickle cell nurse specialist, she has received countless honours & awards for her work, has been made patron to many organisations, including the Sickle Cell Society, and was declared one of the 70 most influential nurses & midwives in the history of the NHS.

Although now retired, Dame Elizabeth 's recent work has focused on the impact of COVID-19 on Black & Asian Communities. She recently became a Pride of Britain awardee and one of the BBC's 100 Women of the Year 2020.  Her memoir, Dreams from my Mother, was released last year.

To celebrate her life achievements, her 75th birthday (which took place in July) and her upcoming Honorary Graduate Award, LSBU's Institute of Health & Social Care are delighted to announce the launch of The LSBU Dame Elizabeth Anionwu Annual Lecture: Celebrating Inclusivity in Nursing & Midwifery.

Commencing in 2022, this event will be officially opened by Dame Anionwu  who will share her thoughts & vision for the Annual Lecture moving forwards as we welcome her into the LSBU Family. Dame Anionwu will then introduce an esteemed guest speaker to deliver the lecture of the evening.

We are proud to announce that our first guest speaker is Professor Laura Serrant OBE. Last year, Professor Serrant was appointed by Health Education England as the regional Head of Nursing and Midwifery in the North East & Yorkshire following her time as Professor of Nursing and Head of the Nursing department at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her extensive career began working in sexual & reproductive health and she has been recognised repeatedly for her work in community and public health nursing.

In 2018, she received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Nursing and Health Policy and was listed as number 8 in the Powerlist UK (top 100 most influential Black people in UK). In October, she was announced as the winner of the coveted Chief Nursing Officers’ Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2021 edition of the annual Nursing Times Awards. Professor Serrant is also a published author, panellist & commentator on health & EDI issues and the perfect choice to kickstart this annual offering!

LSBU are delighted to be supported by a variety of incredible organisations for this event who are all committed to inclusivity and to celebrating the impact of nurses, midwives and the healthcare professions. You will have an opportunity to meet with their staff to find out more about their work. These include: Unison/  SAGE Publishing/ Nursing Times/ Barts Health/ Carvell Nurses' Trust/ The Mary Seacole Trust.

This event is open to all and we look forward to welcoming you to LSBU. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions, networking & discussion with Dame Anionwu, Professor Serrant, LSBU colleagues & guests during and following the event.

These two influential leaders & change makers will undoubtedly ensure that the inaugural LSBU  Dame Elizabeth Anionwu Annual Lecture is packed with experience, wisdom, insight & inspiration as we look to the future of health & social care and to hearing from those leading the way!