In times of crisis, the important work carried out by nurses is thrust into the public consciousness, whether during total war or in the midst of a pandemic. Nurses play a vital role during emergencies like this, serving tirelessly to care for their patients.
Uncover the important role that nurses have played during times of national crisis in this unique panel discussion held especially for the Chelsea History Festival. The expert panel will delve into the work of nurses from the First World War to the present day and consider what it is like to care for the sick under truly unprecedented circumstances.
The panel will include Professor Christine Hallett, Chair of the UK Association for the History of Nursing, and advanced clinical practitioner Louise Curtis. Full line up still to be announced.
About the panel
Louise Curtis is an advanced clinical practitioner at an A&E in a major trauma centre. She was a nurse in the emergency department for just under eight years, working both as a staff nurse and deputy sister. She has volunteered abroad in South Africa, Thailand, Uganda and Ethiopia, caring for disabled orphans, HIV, and trauma patients.
Christine Hallett is Professor of History at the University of Huddersfield, Chair of the UK Association for the History of Nursing, and President of the European Association for the History of Nursing. She is a trained nurse and health visitor, and holds PhDs in both Nursing and History. Christine holds Fellowships of the Royal Society of Medicine, UK, and the Royal Society for the Arts, UK. She is the author of Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War.
Colonel (retd) Ashleigh Boreham joined the Army in 1988. As Commanding Officer of 22 Field Hospital, he led the Medical Group in Iraq and was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service and a DGAMS Special Award for his leadership. He served as Colonel Army Medical Services Division at Army Personnel Centre in 2009, before assuming the post of Commander Medical 1st Armoured Division in Germany. He left the Division in 2013 to deploy to Afghanistan as Commander Medical. He retired from the Army in 2020 and is now a Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Management and Regional Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Ashleigh serves as a Trustee for the Museum of Military Medicine and remains a member of the Army Reserve while continuing to work in healthcare.