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October 2018

Double first for our travel columnist

Practice Nurse editorial board member and columnist Jane Chiodini has become the first woman and the first nurse to be elected Dean of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow).

Jane was elected to the post by Fellows and Members of the Faculty, and took office at the Faculty's annual meeting earlier this month.

Speaking on taking office, Jane said: ‘I appreciate what an honour and privilege it is to take on this three-year role as Dean of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, not only because I am the first female to do so, but also the first nurse.

‘Having spent the last 28 years working part-time in general practice and advising travellers in that setting, I've constantly learnt from that hands-on experience. However, early this year I moved to a practice in a deprived area of London and so I appreciate even more the challenges we all face in delivering good standards of health care in today's climate.’

Jane studied travel medicine in the inaugural group at the University of Glasgow in 1995, obtaining a Masters degree (MSc) travel medicine in 1998. She has held leadership roles as Chair of the Royal College of Nursing Travel Health Forum and the Nurse Professional Group of the International Society of Travel Medicine and was a founding Executive Board Member of the BGTHA.

Involved in the Faculty of Travel Medicine (FTM) for the past 12 years, Jane was a founding Fellow and has held many roles including Board Secretary, Education and Professional Development Lead, FTM Director of Education, and is a lecturer, author and examiner involved in the FTM courses and exams. She introduced the biannual Faculty magazine, Emporiatrics, created the Travel Medicine eLearning Hub, and was the first author on the FTM's Recommendations for the Practice of Travel Medicine.