Professor Jane Salvage


I have enjoyed being a Visiting Professor at Kingston since 2013, including a spell as Writer in Residence. I am a nursing and midwifery leadership consultant active in different countries and international organizations, including the World Health Organization, and a member of the Royal College of Nursing International Committee. Commitment to social justice, especially for women, is my main professional motivation. 

Nursing in the East End of London sharpened my understanding of the politics of health and the need to tackle inequalities, discussed in my best-selling book The Politics of Nursing (Heinemann 1985). I subsequently developed my expertise in a wide range of roles and contexts, specializing increasingly in international development. 

From 1991-1995 I was  the Regional Adviser for Nursing and Midwifery, WHO Regional Office for Europe, advising 50 member states and supporting intercountry and in-country projects. I returned to the UK to be Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Times. I worked in government as the policy lead of the Prime Minister's Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England, and main author of the Commission's final report Front Line Care (2010). As policy adviser to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health, I co-authored its 2016 report, Triple Impact, which provided the springboard for the global Nursing Now campaign. From 2016 to 2021 I was Programme Director, ICN Global Nursing Leadership Institute. 

My work is widely read and discussed through my conference speeches and seminar presentations, award-winning journalism, and my books as sole author, editor, co-editor or chapter contributor. My main focus now is policy leadership in nursing and midwifery. 


Academic responsibilities

Visiting Professor


  • BA (English Literature), University of Cambridge
  • Registered General Nurse (UK)
  • MSc (Sociology of Health and Illness), University of London
  • Certified Global Nurse Consultant in Health Policy and Nursing Leadership