John Unsworth, Head of Health and Social Care at the Higher Education Academy, has a background in community nursing practice, education, management and research.
Prior to his current post John was Director of Nursing Programmes at Northumbria University. He is an experienced NHS manager having been a Nurse Director in a rural Care Trust in Northern England prior to taking up his current post. He has experience of workforce redesign in relation to developing the community nurses’ role around admission avoidance. John has been the Governing Body Nurse of NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group since its inception.
John trained as a nurse in Sunderland and worked in a variety of acute ward settings before moving into district nursing. He completed his specialist practitioner qualification in district nursing in 1997 and he has worked in a variety of roles including district nursing, as a specialist nurse and nurse consultant. He has a PhD from Robert Gordon University which specifically examined the influence of health care organisations on innovation and development. John is an alumni of the QNI Innovation and Creative Practice Awards and is a Queen’s Nurse.