Public health community staff nurse: asylum health bridging team,
Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership
Craig graduated in August 2020 with a first-class BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies degree from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). There he was the recipient of the Ross Hall Prize for academic excellence and achievement. His undergraduate dissertation focussed on "the lived experiences of prostate cancer for men who have sex with men". Currently, he is undertaking a Master of Public Health at GCU due to his interest in global, public, and sexual health, particularly blood-borne viruses and health protection. Craig hopes to work on global and public health policy as a nurse researcher and academic in the future.
He took up his first nursing post in May 2020 as a staff nurse in Infectious Diseases in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. However, Craig has recently secured a new position as a community staff nurse, joining NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Asylum Bridging Health Team. He is passionate about representing minority populations and advocating for LGBT+ health inequality and sits on the working group developing the NHSScotland Rainbow badge initiative.
Together with his fellow newly registered nurse, Clare Manley, Craig hosts a fortnightly podcast, "Retaining the Passion: Journeys Through Nursing". They aim to shine a light on critical issues affecting the nursing profession and wider society by speaking to various guests, including fellow registered nurses, nursing leaders, health and social care experts, and patients and service users about their stories and lived experiences. They then reflect on these discussions and how nurses can subsequently improve their nursing practice. The Health and Leadership Academy invited them to join their 2020 Conference to present a poster on their podcast's work alongside other global healthcare leaders, where they were awarded a prize for their achievements.
Craig is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honour Society's first Scotland Chapter, Omega Xi, and is part of the second cohort of Sigma Nursing's Nightingale Challenge for novice nurse leaders. He is a former Scottish representative on the Royal College of Nursing's (RCN) Students' Committee from January 2018-December 2019, taking over as chair in 2019. And currently sits on the RCN Nurses in Management and Leadership steering committee member, and is one of the RCN Newly Qualified Nurses Twitter curators.
As a student nurse, Craig was one of the Student Nursing Times editors from 2018-2019. He was also a member of the Scottish Government's Country Specific Working Group for the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020. In 2018, @WeNurses included Craig in their list of #100OutstandingNurses; one of only three student nurses included. Additionally, the National Student Nurse Congress Award 2019 shortlisted him as a future nursing leader. Craig was also awarded the Student Nursing Times Student Nurse of the Year (Adult) in 2019.