30 years, 30 stories: Samantha Walker

27th June 2017

Education for Health is celebrating 30 years of improving the lives of people with long term conditions. We are marking this important milestone by sharing the stories of 30 people involved in our success, today it is the turn of Samantha Walker, former student, trainer and Education for Health employee, now deputy chief executive of Asthma UK.

Samantha Walker
Samantha Walker, picture by James Clarke www.jamesclarke.me

“As a junior research nurse at the Royal Brompton Hospital in the mid-1990s I was sent on the ‘asthma diploma’ course run by the then National Asthma & Respiratory Training Centre (NARTC) and was completely inspired.

“The passion shown by Greta Barnes and the original group of trainers about asthma and the importance of education, the quality of the training, the venue (then Stratford-upon-Avon) and the learning environment, all inspired in me a similar passion for medical education and led to becoming a trainer and my eventual appointment as Allergy Lead, Head of Research and ultimately Director of Education & Research at Education for Health alongside Monica and the team.

“The name – Education for Health – exemplifies the passion and commitment for education in healthcare which the NHS needs to deliver top quality care and I hope very much that Education for Health can continue to promote these core values for another 30 years.”

Samantha Walker,
Director, Research & Policy and Deputy Chief Executive, Asthma UK

Working for Education for Health

Several of the people featured in our 30 stories started their story with Education for Health as a student and went on to become a trainer, employee or both, including Samantha. If you think you might be interested in working for Education for Health, have a look at our Work For us section, which includes job vacancies, volunteer opportunities and how to become a Trainer or Marker.