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Natasha North

Natasha North


MSc(Med) Paeds, BA(Hons), RGN

Natasha began her professional life as a nurse in clinical practice in the United Kingdom. A deepening interest in health policy led her to complete a BA (Hons) in Social Policy at Goldsmiths College, University of London, followed by work in policy development and research with leading healthcare institutes and foundations in the United Kingdom, including the King’s Fund, the Health Foundation, and the national Department of Health.

Moving to South Africa four years ago gave Natasha the opportunity to add a new dimension to her awareness of the issues and the global policy environment affecting nurses and nursing. Since 2015 Natasha has been the Research Programme Director for the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative. Natasha’s work centres on developing the systems and capacity to accurately monitor the growing children’s nursing workforce in Africa.


Awarding Institution             

Year awarded

Bachelor of Arts (Social Policy)

Goldsmiths College, University of London

Masters of Science (Medcicine) Paeds

The University of Cape Town

Recent publications (since 2008)

Uguchukwu, U., North, N., Sieberhagen, S., & Shung-King, M. (2019). Paediatric nurse training activity in South Africa: A short report. South African Journal Of Child Health. doi:10.7196/SAJCH.2019.v13i3.1556

North, N., Shung-King, M., Coetzee, M. (2019). The children’s nursing workforce in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, South Africa and Zambia: generating an initial indication of the extent of the workforce and training activity. Human Resources for Health. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12960-019-0366-4

North, N., Sieberhagen, S., Bonaconsa, C., Leonard, A., Coetzee, M. (2019). Making children’s nursing practices visible: using visual and participatory techniques to describe family involvement in the care of hospitalised children in southern African settings. International Journal of Qualitative Research Methods. https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406919849324

Chukwu U, Shung-King M, Sieberhagen S & North N. The situation of the children's nursing workforce and training in South Africa: a short report. S Afr J Child Health. Forthcoming (accepted November 2018).

Coetzee M, McKerrow N, Chimwaza A, Molyneux E, North N, Sieberhagen S. 2016. Building paediatric nurse training capacity for Africa, in Africa. The Lancet Global Health, 4(7):e449-e50.