Andrea Spyropoulos
Andrea Spyropoulos, RGN, SCM, RNT, ENB N07, DPSN, Cert Ed., is a British
United Kingdom
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 clinical strategist and the current President
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 of the Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Nursing
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Born in Liverpool
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, her career started with nursing
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 and has spanned a number of disciplines including midwifery
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, academia
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 and the planning and development of new hospital
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She earned a number of academic qualifications notably two undergraduate degrees (BA in Health Studies, LLB (Hons) in Law) and a masters (LLM in Medical Law).


Spyropoulos trained as a nurse at the then-United Liverpool Hospital Group in 1976. She has more than 30 years nursing experience, working as a Midwife and then Senior Lecturer at John Moores University, teaching Health Care and later Medical Law.

She worked on the trust board of Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology for 9 years as a non-executive director. During her term she chaired Independent Panel Reviews and the Research Governance Committee as well as sitting on the performance, audit, investment and remuneration committees. She stepped down from this role on 31 January 2007.

In 2003, Andrea joined Health Care Projects Social Infastructure. Now working as a Clinical Strategist, she provides expert clinical advice to hospital design teams.

Work with the Royal College of Nursing

Spyropoulos became a member of the Royal College of Nursing when she was 18. Appointed as a steward in 1988, since that time she has held a number of other unpaid roles within the organisation including positions as Safety Representative, Council Member and chair of Nursing Practice and Policy Committee before being elected to the role of president in 2010. Andrea has represented the Royal College of Nursing in several forums including at its Congress events and notably also at conferences hosted in the UK Parliament's House of Commons.

Spyropoulos thanked RCN members and colleagues stating that she was "really looking forward to representing the RCN and its members at the highest level.". A month later she represented the RCN at the European Parliament's 'EU Public Health Alliance'.
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