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Dr Liz Westcott

Welcome to the Phi Mu Chapter of the International Nursing Organisation Sigma Theta Tau. You can watch a welcome video from our President, Dr Liz Westcott here:
"I love being a member of Sigma and have made great connections with colleagues around the world. Sigma is inclusive at all stages of your career"
(Dr Liz Westcott, President, Phi Mu Chapter)



Congratulations to Dr
Barbara Farquharson (@bfarq) for being Phi Mu Chapter first sponsored scholar to take part in the Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Programme (https://florence-nightingale-foundation.org.uk/scholarships/leadership-scholarship-2022/). We are delighted to have worked with the Florence Nightingale Foundation in supporting ambitious, innovative nurse leaders!


Congratulations to Carley Kane (@2018Ambassador) for being awarded the Phi Mu Chapter Scholarship! We are looking forward to supporting Carley's dream of creating a 'SCHOOLARSHIP' in collaboration with primary schools with the aim of enthusing 6-10 years old children to consider nursing as a career, but also learn about equity, teamwork, kindness, infection control among others. 

Check Carley's thoughts on being awarded this scholarship:

"I am absolutely delighted to be welcomed onto the PhiMu chapter sigma scholarship, I am proud to be a nursing student and part of the nursing family, I adore our profession. This scholarship means so much to me, I look forward to meeting colleagues and learning more about leadership, education, and research within nursing. It is important to me to be the best advocate and nurse leader that I can be, I will enjoy learning with colleagues and working collaboratively to achieve excellence. Kindness, passion, sincerity, and integrity are qualities that I believe make a good leader, I am truly dedicated to nurturing those around me and hope to be a brilliant nurse role model. Collaborating with the team will be an honour, I feel incredibly lucky and will be extremely committed to the scholarship. Having left school with one GCSE as a young carer, I feel very privileged and humbled to be in a position of continued learning. I hope to inspire and demonstrate that, with passion, drive, and sincerity we can achieve our dreams. I strongly believe that we must value each other, connect, and engage with each other, be inclusive, kind, innovate and put our patients and people at the very heart of our practice. Positively influencing future outcomes is my aim, nursing is my true love, and I will embrace my time with the sigma team. I give my sincere thanks to the team for welcoming me."

We are looking forward to working with such an enthusiastic nurse ambassador! For more details about Phi Mu Chapter Student Scholarship check below :

Each of the Phi Mu Chapter hubs (Northern Hub, Midlands Hub and London &Southern Hub) are determined to support more student nurses in their leadership journeys. We are offering a number of funded membership opportunities per each hub for our nursing students. 

Please contact each hub leader (depending on your area) for more details:

  • Northern Hub Lead: michellecroston@icloud.com
  • Midlands Hub Lead: ralucaoaten@gmail.com
  • London and Southern Lead: Lgelling@bournemouth.ac.uk


It's never been a better time to join the Phi Mu Chapter of Sigma as we offer all our new members a buddy to help you get the most out of your membership.

A Chapter Buddy will help you to gain a better understanding of Sigma, the role of the Chapter, and provide you with insight into the various opportunities available, including leadership and learning opportunities.


Our Sigma president, Ken Dion urges us to BE BOLD!

Our profession must actively collaborate with disciplines outside nursing and healthcare to influence decisions about our profession, populations, and the planet in three critical domains: economics, technology, and conservation.

As we move forward in a post-pandemic world, it remains our duty as a profession to advocate to abolish inequities within societies, healthcare systems, and even within our profession. Advocacy has always been central to nursing. But how do we focus our advocacy for the future? Taking stock of our past, the present, and potential futures can help us determine how to do that. 


  • Dr Les Gelling - elected onto the Sigma Governance Committee
  • Dr Liz Westcott - elected as the Sigma Europe Regional Coordinator

This is great news for our Chapter and we wish Les and Liz success in their roles!

The Chapter is delighted to announce its 2nd Chapter Key Award. This award is a reflection and recognition of the hard work and dedication of the Chapter members and we are all honoured to be a part of the Chapter and Sigma. 

Congratulations to Nursing and Midwifery Council UK and Phi Mu Chapter on the induction of Dr.Mark Hayter into Sigma’s 2021 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame!

 Dr. Hayter and other esteemed nurse researchers from throughout the world will be inducted during Sigma’s 32nd International Nursing Research Congress hosted in-person in Singapore and also virtually, 22-26 July 2021.


Congratulations to the Bournemouth University Nursing Team for being elected as the recipient for the Sigma European Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Education during Covid-19 pandemic.
Their nomination addressed all the criteria points demonstrating excellence in teaching with the use of innovative teaching/learning methods, the significant impact this has already made on the nursing profession during this time. 
Nominated by Dr Leslie Gelling & Dr Liz Westcott

Follow us on Twitter:
         @PhiMuChapter @SigmaNursing @RegionSigma
Sigma Europe Region Website:
        Home - EuropeRegionalWebsite (sigmanursing.org)





Presentations from Chapter meeting of 6th April 2022

  • Annual Phi Mu Conference 8th July

    Dear colleagues
    We are delighted to announce our annual Phi Mu conference day 
    Innovation, Sustainability and Diversity: The Role of Nurse leadership
    being co-sponsored by the Phi Mu Chapter and the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery. 
    The conference is being held at Marston Road site Oxford Brookes University and is 
    both in person and virtual

    Register through this link

  • Presentations from Hub meeting of 6th April 2022

    Thank you to all those who attended Wednesday's Chapter meeting hosted by the London and the South Hub.  The presentations from Professor Ann Gallagher, Dr Heidi Singleton and Dr Dawn Morley are now available HERE.  Watch this space for news about future events.
  • Phi Mu 6th April event 2-4.30 UK time

    To register for the event click here  https://phimuchapter.eventbrite.co.uk/
  • Phi Mu Event and Induction 10th Feb 2022 2pm GMT

    Please join us for our next Phi Mu event at 2pm GMT

    Please do not share this link with anyone who is not a member of Sigma 


    We look forward to seeing you and also for you to welcome our new members

    2pm Welcome from Dr Liz Wescott - Sigma Phi Mu Chapter President and Sigma Europe Regional Coordinator

    Introduction to today’s event (Dr Michelle Croston, Sigma Phi Mu Chapter Vice President and Northern Hub Lead)


    2.10pm Presentation: Nurses on the edge: Mental health and psychological wellbeing in nursing (Sarah Monks, Aging Well Lead, North East and Yorkshire)

    2.40 pm Presentation: An antidote to bullying: Compassionate leadership in nursing (Daniel Higgie, Clinical Research Team Lead, EMS Healthcare)

    3.10pm Presentation: The role of  the Professional Nurse Advocate in workforce wellbeing (Kyle Carabini )

    3.40pm Discussion: What is our role as Sigma in supporting the psychological wellbeing of the workforce? Panel discussion facilitated by Dr Michelle Croston)

    4.00pm Phi Mu Chapter Induction

    4.30pm Summary and Close


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