Speaker

Phyllis Woolford, RFN, RN, RM, ITC, RCNT, RHV, RNT, Dip. Ed, MSc.

Professor
  • School of Nursing University of the Southern Caribbean
Phyllis Woolford, born in Trinidad, is one of two children. Left Trinidad after secondary school and went to the United Kingdom where she was educated in many areas of nursing and then spent over 30 years in many different fields of nursing. She is a Registered Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor, Registered Nurse Tutor and has a MSc in Health Promotion and Public Health. While strongly focused in the field of Nurse Education, she is also known as a people person with a highly engaging interpersonal style of leadership which has enabled her to develop excellent working relationships with colleagues in her team and clients both within the University and beyond. During her professional life in the United Kingdom she has had the opportunity to work with a range of people, trained and untrained staff at all grades, and different ethnic groups and at all levels of the health service. It was while at the Nightingale School of Nursing at Kings’ College, London University she was nominated by her students and received the “Executive and Professional Network’s Men and Women of Merit” award for services to Nursing from “Operation Reach back USA” in 2000. In 2004-2005 she was recruited to be a member of a small team of facilitators employed by the Royal College of Nursing (United Kingdom) to work within a National Project commissioned by the Department of Health (DOH). The overall aim of the project was to improve quality care through effective team working. This project was carried out throughout the entire country. Working on this project further developed her skills in all aspects of group facilitation and team working, team dynamics, project management, time and self-management and working autonomously. In 2006 she was invited to establish a BSc Nurse Education programme at the University of the Southern Caribbean, where she is still employed. In 2012, she established the Associates to Bachelors in Nursing degree program for Registered Nurses seeking to acquire their Bachelors in Nursing. The programme is well recognised and accredited. Thus far, five (5) groups of nursing students have successfully gained a BSc in Nursing and license to practice from Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago.