Liz Fenton

Liz Fenton

Health Education England

Three Counties Medical School

Research Degree Students

Contact Details


Liz joined Health Education England in July 2015 and become HEE’s Deputy Chief Nurse in October 2017 and is a part time PhD student at the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Having completed nurse training at Kings College Hospital, London, Liz qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1981 and subsequently has held a number of clinical and leadership roles in both acute and community settings including at executive level. Liz was awarded the title Queens Nurse in 2017

Liz is passionate about ensuring that we enable the best possible learning experience for student nurses, student midwives and trainee nursing associates and that our work in HEE is shaped through engagement with those students and people that use services. A positive learning experience will ensure we have a future workforce that is highly skilled and critical thinking.

As a champion of quality improvement, Liz works with the Care Quality Commission as a Specialist Advisor and is also a surveyor undertaking national and international peer accreditation, benchmarking services against best practice including in Ireland, Italy and Portugal and am the chair of the CHKS Accreditation Council.

Teaching & Research

In her research Liz's seeks to explore the core work needs that support professional values, role satisfaction and the intention to continue to practice.

Her research question will be focusing on ways to build a deeper understanding into the motivations of those nurses who choose to remain within the profession longer term and what are the factors or influences on their decisions. Moving the discussion from why people leave to considering why nurse stay.

In her role at Health Education England her work has focussed on the development of the current and future workforce with significant efforts taken to promote nursing as a career and grow the numbers taking up pre-registration nurse education programmes.

Liz is interested in gaining a deeper understanding of what encourages experienced nurses to remain in their roles and consider how such knowledge could inform the thinking around strategy and national policy to support retention.  


  • Registered Nurse
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies
  • MSc Advancing Healthcare Practice

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing 


Bayliss-Pratt, L. and Fenton, E. (2017) “Nurses Influencing Healthcare: Leading as a Professional” in O Luanaigh, P. Nurses and Nursing, The Person and the Profession edited by Oxon: Routledge, pg 95-108

Fenton, E & Mitchell, T. (2001) Growing Old with Dignity. Nursing Older People; RCN Publications