WHO Collaborating Centre

for Nursing & Midwifery Education, Research and Practice

The Department of Nursing & Community Health at Glasgow Caledonian University is proud to have been designated as a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) since 1993.

WHO CCs are a "highly valued mechanism of cooperation in which selected institutions are recognized by WHO to assist the Organization with implementing its mandated work. This is accomplished by supporting the achievement of planned strategic objectives at the regional and global levels; enhancing the scientific validity of its global health work; and developing and strengthening institutional capacity in countries and regions." (WHO website

WHO Collaboration in Nursing & Midwifery at Glasgow Caledonian University

The GCU WHO CC works in support of the WHO European Regional Office in Copenhagen, Denmark, on objectives related to the 'Human Resources for Health' programme, which promotes the goals of the European 'Health 2020' strategic framework and Health workforce development in Europe / Nursing and Midwifery.

The aim of 'Health 2020' is "to significantly improve the health and well-being of populations, reduce health inequalities, strengthen public health and ensure people-centred health systems that are provide universal, equitable, sustainable and of high quality."

Nursing & Midwifery across Europe is very diverse in terms of educational preparation, professional regulation, and scope of practice and by sharing good practice we can learn and develop from each other’s experience to work in ways that improve health outcomes. 

Our primary task as a WHO CC is to work with the European Regional Office to strengthen the Nursing & Midwifery workforce to maximise their potential to contribute to the Health 2020 agenda, at a national, regional and global level.

Objectives of the GCU WHO CC

  • To contribute to the WHO/Europe Human Resources for Health Programme and its technical area of work on nursing and midwifery by identifying models of good nursing and midwifery practice, collecting evidence to support evidence-informed decision making, and providing technical advice related to the respective area. 
  • To support WHO efforts in strengthening nursing education at national, regional and global levels, disseminating and using WHO tools/guidelines and adopting best practice approaches. 
  • To work co-operatively with other WHO Collaborating Centres, to coordinate and administer European CC network for nursing and midwifery.

Areas of Expertise of the GCU WHO CC

  • Curriculum development and pedagogy
    • Baccalaureate Programme Development
    • Specialist and Advanced Practice Development
    • Inter-professional Education
    • Healthcare Quality Improvement: Person-centred care; Patient safety
  • Research and practice development
    • Public health
      • Healthcare associated infection
      • Antimicrobial resistance
      • Sexual health
      • Blood borne viruses
      • Substance use / misuse
    •  Managing Long term Conditions (non-communicable diseases)
      • Self-management across a spectrum of LTC’s

Global Network of WHO CCs for Nursing & Midwifery

We are a member of the larger family of WHO CC’s for Nursing and Midwifery, the Global Network providing us with opportunities to collaborate with Nurses and Midwives from over 43 centres around the world.


Centre Director: Professor Kay Currie
Department of Nursing & Community Health
School of Health & Life Sciences
Email k.currie@gcu.ac.uk
Phone +44 141 331 3472