She attended Newstead Wood School for Girls, and then began her nursing career at King's College Hospital in London. After various clinical nursing posts she became a ward sister or head nurse at the National Heart Hospital in London in a cardiac coronary care unit doing advanced research.
She undertook a degree at the London School of Economics and also qualified as a midwife and mental health nursing. In 1985 she was appointed Chief Executive of Waltham Forest Health Authority in north-east London.
She was elected as the 24th President of the International Council of Nurses in 2001. In 2009, she established C3 Collaborating for Health, a London-based charity with a global vision of stemming the epidemic of chronic disease through prevention.
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