I am Anne Marie Rafferty CBE, an academic specialising in health services and policy research, specifically the healthcare workforce and nursing. I also trained as a historian. I am currently Professor of Nursing Policy at King’s College London, the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Nursing Studies (BSc Soc Sci) at Edinburgh University in the late 1970s and worked clinically being promoted to Deputy Sister in the regional vascular Unit at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. I then completed my Master thesis by research (MPhil Surgery) at the University of Nottingham whilst working clinically. My project won the 3M/Nursing Times Prize for research excellence.

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Having been bitten by the research bug I switched fields into history and undertook a DPhil in Modern History at the University of Oxford, the first nurse to do so. After working in clinical teaching at the John Radcliffe Hospital and Open University I returned to Nottingham University as a lecturer in the fledgling School of Nursing there. In the mid-1990s I won a Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy and Practice to study in the US at the University of Pennsylvania with Linda Aiken. Thus began a research collaboration which has lasted over 20 years. From Penn I was recruited to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to head a think-tank on research policy jointly with the RCN, becoming Head of the Health Services Research Unit before moving to King’s College London as Dean of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwiferyand now Professor of Nursing Policy at King’s College London.


I am also Visiting Professor at the NIHR funded Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust


I am Honorary Professor at Poly University Hong Kong and Hong Kong University


I hold Fellowships from the Royal College of Nursing: FRCN; American Academy of Nursing: FAAN; Queen’s Nursing Institute; FQNI: King’s College London FKC