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Speaker Biography

Dickon Weir-Hughes

Dickon joined the Nursing & Midwifery Council as Chief Executive and Registrar on 2 November 2009.

Prior to this, Dickon held a challenging turnaround appointment as Executive Director of Nursing/Professor of Nursing, Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust/London South Bank University. The trust is one of the largest in the UK. Dickon is exceptionally proud of the nursing and midwifery teams at the trust and is honoured to have been part of such a resilient and hard-working executive team.

Dickon is proud to have been Chief Nurse/Deputy Chief Executive at the world’s leading cancer hospital, The Royal Marsden Hospital (London and Surrey), from 1998 to 2007, where he founded the Royal Marsden School of Nursing and Rehabilitation, was responsible for clinical governance, patient safety and ICT, led the UK National Cancer Leadership Programme and led on leadership development for nurses and midwives in the 97 trusts in London as the ‘leading light’ for the London SHA.

From 1994 to 1998 Dickon was Deputy Director of Nursing at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London. Prior to this Dickon had a varied clinical career at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and St. George’s/Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, London, mainly in neurosciences, critical care and accident and emergency. He was also a flight nurse for Europ Assistance and was one of the six nurses who went to Baghdad, to repatriate sick and injured hostages at the start of the first Gulf War.

Dickon has special interests in nursing theory, nursing language, nursing leadership and holistic nursing. He has spoken on these subjects in Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Japan, the USA and the Middle East.

He is the elected President of NANDA International until 2012 (formerly the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association), a Non-Executive Director of the National Patient Safety Agency and the Chairman of the Foundation of Nursing Studies.