Yvonne Coghill is Professor of Primary Care and Head of Child Health at the School of Public Health, Imperial College London, and will be will be speaking at RCPCH Conference and exhibition 2019 on Improving care for all children: the importance of diversity.
Yvonne commenced nurse training at Central Middlesex Hospital in 1977, qualified as a general nurse in 1980 and then went on to qualify in mental health nursing and health visiting. In 1986 she secured her first NHS management job and has since held a number of operational and strategic leadership posts.
Yvonne is currently the Director at NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Implementation in NHS England. She is a member of the equality and diversity council at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the United States where she has helped develop their inclusion strategy. Yvonne has delivered lectures on inclusion and diversity at Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She continues to work closely with world expert on health and race Professor D Williams, of Harvard University School of Public Health.
In 2012 Yvonne was appointed a Magistrate to the North London bench. She has been voted by colleagues in the NHS as one of the top 50 most inspirational women, one of the top 50 most inspirational nurse leaders and one of the top 50 BME pioneers and in December 2017 she was included in the HSJ top 100 influential leaders list. Yvonne was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in 2010 and was appointed to the position of Director for WRES implementation in June 2015. This year Yvonne has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing, a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, an honorary fellowship from Kings College University, an honorary doctorate from Buckinghamshire University and has recently been voted one of the top 70 most inspirational nurses in the NHS over the last 70 years.
You can listen to Yvonne's keynote speech at RCPCH Conference and exhibition in May 2019.