Article By: GEMMA MITCHELL
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Influential nurse leader and race equality champion Yvonne Coghill has been appointed to the board of a global organisation that seeks to improve health systems across the world.
Ms Coghill took up her new position on the board of directors at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) this month.
“It is a great honour to have been selected to serve on such a prestigious and high-profile board" Yvonne Coghill
The IHI’s stated aim is to use improvement science to “advance and sustain better outcomes in health and health care across the world”.
Ms Coghill’s role will involve her providing strategic guidance to support the IHI’s work around diversity, patient safety and patient experience.
Previous work Ms Coghill has done with IHI includes the development of an internal inclusion strategy in 2012 and co-chairing the IHI Forum in 2017.
Reflecting on her appointment, Ms Coghill said: “It is a great honour to have been selected to serve on such a prestigious and high-profile board.
“I will do my best to add value and support colleagues to ensure the IHI remain one of the best known and trusted healthcare organisations globally.”
Qualifying as a nurse in 1980 at Central Middlesex Hospital, Ms Coghill has held several high-profile leadership roles including deputy president of the Royal College of Nursing and director of the NHS England Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) programme.
Ms Coghill is currently a special advisor to the NHS Race and Health Observatory, which was set up last year to identify and tackle health inequalities affecting people from minority ethnic backgrounds.
Marie Gabriel, chair of the observatory, welcomed Ms Coghill’s new appointment with the IHI.
She said: “This is a deserved recognition of Yvonne’s impact internationally, particularly in the area of race equity and wider inclusion.
“I know she will make a solid contribution and share learning with the observatory to assist us in delivering our ambitions.”
Meanwhile, Kedar Mate, IHI president and chief executive, said he was “thrilled” to welcome Ms Coghill to the board.
“We have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Yvonne for many years and this new role on our board will enable us to continue to learn and benefit from her experience and expertise,” he added.