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: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/academic-schools/nursing-midwifery/professor-elizab...). 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:
Her website: www.elizabethanionwu.co.uk