Prof Dame Elizabeth Anionwu

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Prof Dame Elizabeth Anionwu

Prof Dame Elizabeth Anionwu

University of West London , Emeritus Professor of Nursing

Elizabeth Anionwu is an Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the University of West London. In 1979 she set up the first ever UK sickle cell/thalassaemia nurse counselling service, based in Brent.

Elizabeth was then a senior lecturer in Community Genetic Counselling at the University College London’s Institute of Child Health.  

Prior to retirement in 2007, she was Dean of the School of Adult Nursing Studies & Professor of Nursing at University of West London (UWL), before establishing the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice at UWL.

She has published extensively (see:  This includes being the co-author of The Politics of Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia (2001) published by Open University Press and author of A Short History of Mary Seacole: a resource for nurse and students (2005), RCN Publishing.

Elizabeth was Vice-Chairperson of the successful Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal – this first statue to a named black woman in the UK was unveiled in June 2016.  She is a Patron of the Sickle Cell Society and the Nigerian Nurses Charitable Association UK and Vice-President of Unite/Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA).  

Elizabeth was awarded a Damehood in the Queen’s 2017 New Year's Honours List for services to nursing and the Mary Seacole Statue Appeal. Other awards include a CBE in 2001 and in 2004 a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN).  In 2010 she was inducted into the Nursing Times Nursing Hall of Fame for services to the Development of Nurse-led Services. Elizabeth was awarded the UK Chief Nursing Officers’ Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nursing Times Awards ceremony on 26th October 2016 and 

Her memoirs ‘Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union’ were published in September 2016 as a paperback (ISBN: 978-0-9955268-0-8 available online via Amazon or via a bookshop order). It is also downloadable as an e-book via Amazon Kindle or Kobo.  Further details via:

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