In spite of, or perhaps because of, Lisbeth’s experience of having her life disrupted by events beyond her control, she emerged as a hugely influential change-maker of her time. Her studies in medicine were cut short by the Second World War, and she arrived in London as a refugee from Austria. Soon after, she began training as a nurse but this too was halted, by a change in the law preventing non-British subjects nursing prisoners of war. Undeterred, Lisbeth persisted and in the end succeeded in qualifying as a general nurse, district nurse, midwife and health visitor.

Lisbeth questioned everything in order to better understand, and this inspired her to complete a PhD and advocate for nursing to become a research-based profession. As the director of the first Nursing Research Unit in the UK, at the University of Edinburgh, Lisbeth argued for a programmatic approach to nursing research. She wanted to build international capacity for community nursing research, and to ensure small projects contributed to a wider understanding in ways that could really shape nursing practice.

She was a woman of influence and action, putting evidence to work for the benefit of society. A nurse committed to questioning and questing, an example for us all.

Our 1st Lisbeth Hockey Memorial Lecture was held on the 1st of December 2020
‘Bringing Curiosity & Analysis to Community Nursing: Lisbeth Hockey, her Legacy’.

Dame Anne Marie Rafferty is Professor of Nursing Policy, former Dean of the Florence
Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London and President of the Royal College of Nursing. She is a historian, health workforce and policy researcher, graduating from Edinburgh University in social science (Nursing Studies); as a clinical academic, Nottingham University MPhil (Surgery).

She was the first nurse to gain a doctorate (DPhil Modern History) from Oxford University. She is one of first nurses to be elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) & holds fellowships from the Royal College of Nursing, (FRCN) & American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen for services to healthcare in 2008 & Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2020 for services to nursing.

Our 2nd Lisbeth Hockey Memorial Lecture was be held on Thursday the 9th of December 2021 and was presented by Dr Barbara Stilwell, Global Campaign Executive Director, Nursing Now.

Barbara gave a fantastic presentation on the experience of Nursing Now, how the power of many can lead to future change and towards resilience in nursing, link with Lisbeth, community health; Why is this important? Changes in health care and the importance of community Nursing.

The 3rd Lisbeth Hockey Memorial Lecture and Community Nursing Research Awards in collaboration with NHS England and City University of London

The third Lisbeth Hockey memorial lecture, 6th December 2022 presented by Professor Sally Kendall, MBE

Our 4th Lisbeth Hockey Memorial Lecture was held on Thursday the 23rd of November and presented by Dr Jane Brooks.

Jane is a senior lecturer in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Manchester. Jane gave a fascinating presentation ‘It had to be District Nursing’ – about her research concerning Jewish women refugees to the UK prior to World War II and their contribution to practice in the community. The founding president of ICCHNR, Dr Lisbeth Hockey, was one of these refugees.