Pat Hughes is associate in nursing, health and development at C3. When Pat was a clinical nurse she loved working in fast-paced, intensive settings. She and her colleagues never considered how health promotion and prevention could be incorporated into their daily practice. Once Pat saw nurses’ potential impact in prevention, she was keen to get involved and joined C3.

Pat’s experience includes a variety of education, management and policy roles in the UK focusing on workforce and organisational development. Internationally, she worked with the World Health Organization, contributing to the organisation of the Second Ministerial Conference on Nursing and Midwifery; developed strategies for managing the nursing workforce; and established a pilot programme for community and home-based nursing in South East Asia.  Her portfolio with the International Council of Nurses included professional regulation, education, women’s health and advanced nursing practice. She also managed a project providing refugee health information to health workers in Tanzania and Zambia.

Pat H.’s role:

Pat oversees C3’s health professionals projects, including the Healthy Weight Initiative for Nurses (WIN.), First Impressions Count campaign, and work with diaspora groups.

How Pat H. practises what she preaches:

Before joining C3 it never occurred to Pat that she could walk instead of taking the Tube for only one stop (i.e., between Charing Cross and Oxford Circus). Now Pat is much more conscious of eating fruit and vegetables, joined a local Nordic walking group, practices mindfulness and meditation, and feels inspired every year by the pedometer step challenge through Global Corporate Challenge.

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