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Dame June Clark

Dame Margaret June Clark, DBE FRCN (born 31 May 1941) is Professor Emeritus of Community Nursing, at Swansea University in Wales.



Before her retirement in 2003 Clark was responsible for the development of a program of research in community health nursing and primary health care at Swansea University. Her special interest is the development and use of standardized nomenclatures to describe nursing practice, in particular in primary health care. In 1990, she left the NHS and went into higher education as Professor of Nursing to start a new School of Nursing at Middlesex University. In 1997 she "went home to Wales" as the first professor of nursing at Swansea University.[1]

During the 1990s she was consultant to the International Council of Nurses' project to develop an International Classification of Nursing Practice (ICNP). She is deputy president of the Welsh Nursing Academy. Clark qualified as a nurse at University College Hospital, London, after obtaining an honours degree in Classics at the University of London.

She worked as a health visitor, and remained in community nursing as a manager, professor, and political advocate for nearly 40 years. She obtained her MPhil degree at the University of Reading in 1972, and her Ph.D from South Bank Polytechnic in 1985.[2]

She has also been heavily involved in nursing at an international level. Following the break-up of the Soviet Union she worked to help develop nursing leadership in Kazakhstan and Romania. She is a visiting professor at the University of Primorska, Slovenia. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences, has participated in numerous international task groups and workshops, has acted as consultant to WHO and ICN, and has represented the UK on ICN and European Union committees. [2]

She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, and was instrumental in establishing the Upsilon-Xi Chapter in Wales [3] - the first in the UK and only the third in Europe and was STTI Board member from 2009-11.[4]

She has been an RCN activist since her student days and has held many leadership roles in the RCN, including serving as President from 1990-94.[5][6]



In 1995 she was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to nursing.[2]

She was awarded the RCN Award of Merit in 1996.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed 7 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Profile Archived 21 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 7 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Upsilon XI Chapter". Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  4. ^ "STTI June Clark Biography". Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  5. ^ Clark, June (5 May 2004). "Nursing nursing". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 October 2008.
  6. ^ "Beverly Malone under fire; comments by Clark and others". BBC News. BBC. 14 June 2002. Retrieved 29 October 2008.