Dr Cecilia Akrisie Anim is the past President of the Royal College of Nursing. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. The RCN promotes patient and nursing interests on a wide range of issues by working closely with the Government, the UK parliaments and other national and European political institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.
Cecilia, along with RCN Council and the RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary, were collectively responsible for the delivery of the RCN’s strategic and operational plans. The key priorities for the Royal College of Nursing is to promote the arts and sciences of nursing.
Cecilia was elected as President in 2015 and re-elected in 2017, after serving two terms as Deputy President (2010 – 2014). Prior to this Cecilia was an RCN Steward for 19 years and a Health and Safety representative for 17 years. Cecilia is a member of the RCN’s Council Executive Team, Membership and Representation Committee, International Committee, Ethics Committee and Awards Panel and Cecilia coordinates the RCN Menopause Network Group in London.
Cecilia has been honoured to receive the following awards:
Long service award for over 30 year’s commitment to the NHS
RCN Certificate of Merit for outstanding service to members, 2000
Bevan award for Health and Wellbeing, 2013
Wise Woman of the Year Award in, 2013
United Nations African Women of Excellence award, 2015
Zenith global Health Excellence in Healthcare recognition award, 2016
Honouree Doctorate from Bradford University, 2016
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, 2017
Honouree Doctorate from Nottingham University,2017
Honouree Doctorate from Portsmouth University 2018
Honouree Doctorate from Hull University 2019
Life Time Achievement from British Journal of Nursing 2019
The Chairs Windrush Generation Award From CNWL NHS Foundation Trust 2018
Cecilia originally trained as a midwife in Ghana, where she worked before moving to the UK and qualifying as a nurse in 1977. Cecilia works as a clinical nurse specialist in sexual and reproductive health at the Margaret Pyke Centre in London and specialises in family planning and aspects of women’s health with a particular interest in menopause and public health issues.
In her personal life Cecilia is actively involved in the activities of her local church, where she is a member of the PCC and also arranges flowers. Furthermore, she is the Chair of Governors of her local primary school.