Professor Barbara Parfitt CBE PhD RGN RM FNP

Professor Parfitt carried out her initial nurse training at the Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing in Birmingham UK.  She gained experience on a general medical ward and then continued into Midwifery working as a Nurse Midwife in Worcester and Leicestershire.

After Studying theology for three years in London she worked overseas for ten years in international health development in Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Turkey. Her main role at this time was as a Nurse Practitioner and midwife.  Following the completion of a Nurse Practitioner programme in Indianapolis in the USA in mid-Seventies she returned to UK and studied for a Masters in International Community Health in 1979 at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool University.  She then went on to undertake an MSc and a PhD in Nursing at Manchester University.

Her PhD studies explored international Primary Health Care focusing on the impact of the Western values of nurses on primary health care development in developing countries.  She then continued to focus her research on international health with completed projects in Turkey and Jordan.

She was appointed as Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing Midwifery and Community Health at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in 1995 until Feb 2007 when she stepped aside to undertake a new role as Director of the Caledonian Centre for Global Health. She is also the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education, Research and Practice in GCU. She was appointed as the Secretary General of the WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing & Midwifery Development Global Network Secretariat in July 2004. And in this position supports the work of 38 collaborating centres worldwide.   These centres seek to achieve the goal of strengthening nursing and midwifery. 

In addition to international development she has a keen interest in the importance of spirituality within the healing process and the values that underpin the caring role.   She continues with a research focus in international health and her current research and practice development activities include the evaluation of the Family Health nursing in Tajikistan and Scotland. She is also currently working on international nursing and midwifery development projects in the Central Asian region.

Professor Parfitt was awarded a CBE in the Queens new honours list in January 2007 for services rendered to international health development.