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Professor Dame Elizabeth Fradd

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Together for Short Lives is deeply saddened to hear of the recent death of Professor Dame Elizabeth Fradd, Vice President of Together for Short Lives.

Dame Liz trained as a children’s nurse and held a variety of registered nurse, midwife and health visitor posts before supporting the nursing profession nationally, becoming Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England and serving as Director of Nursing / Lead Director for reviews and inspections at the Commission for Health Improvement, now the Care Quality Commission (CQC), until 2004.

She was a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Queen’s Nursing Institute and the Institute of Health Visiting. In 2009 Dame Liz was awarded the DBE for services to nursing and healthcare.

She was the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire for 2020/21, Vice President of Rainbows Children’s Hospice and a former Vice-President of the University of Nottingham.

Dame Liz dedicated her professional life to the continuous improvement of healthcare. She had been Vice President of Together for Short Lives since its formation in 2011 and was a founding member of our Advisory Council.

Andy Fletcher, CEO of Together for Short Lives said:

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by Liz’s untimely death. She was such an inspirational and widely respected figure in the children’s palliative care sector and she will be much missed by us all. She was always a source of wise guidance, support and advice, which she always gave generously with such kindness and compassion. She will be greatly missed by all who worked with her across the sector, including those at Together for Short Lives. Our thoughts are with Liz’s family, friends and all those who knew and worked with her.”

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