Dr Lynne Wigens

Visiting Professor of Nursing

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health

Dr Lynne Wigens OBE is a registrant council member on the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Non-Executive Director of AHP Suffolk, a Trustee for the General Nursing Council Trust, and a Trustee of the Royal Osteoporosis Society. As well as her Visiting Professor of Nursing at the University of Suffolk, she holds an Honorary Professorship in Health Studies at the University of East Anglia and is the health member of the Tristone Independent Safeguarding Board. Lynne has developed a Career Framework for Directors of Nursing/ Chief Nurses and Directors of Midwifery in England. 

Lynne held executive roles as East of England Regional Chief Nurse, Director of Nursing and Quality at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Quality at NHS Suffolk. Lynne is a Florence Nightingale Scholar, studying the nursing contribution to integrated care in Canterbury, New Zealand and Norrtälje, Sweden. Her career of over 40 years within healthcare led to her being awarded an OBE in 2020 for services to nursing.

Her PhD thesis with the University of East Anglia was entitled “A case study of registered (care of the adult) nurses’ management of individual caring in multiple demand settings, and the influence on this of situated learning”, with the School of Education and Lifelong Learning. This work laid the foundation for two Wigens L & Heathershaw R (2013) Mentorship and Clinical Supervision skills in Healthcare, Cengage, Andover. Her publication and research portfolio includes: workforce development, integrated care, lay caring, change strategies, clinical supervision, expert and multidisciplinary care, human resource management and recruitment.