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The Right Honourable
 The Baroness McFarlane of Llandaff

Assumed office 
July 30th, 1979

Born 1926
Cardiff, Wales, UK
Political party Crossbench

Jean Kennedy McFarlane, Baroness McFarlane of Llandaff, FRCN, MCSP (born 1926) is a member of the House of Lords.

Jean McFarlane was born in Cardiff and later trained as a nurse, a midwife, and as a health visitor before going on to pursue a successful career in nursing teaching and administration. In the 1960s she participated in the Royal College of Nursing research programme "Study of Nursing Care". In 1974 she became the holder of the first Chair of Nursing in an English university (the University of Manchester) and held it until 1989. She served on the Royal Commission on the National Health Service, 1976-79 (Chairman: Sir Alec Merrison).[1]

She was created a life peer in the House of Lords as Baroness McFarlane of Llandaff, of Llandaff in the County of South Glamorgan on July 30, 1979, in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

She has been a member of four select committees of the House of Lords. As well as being a Vice President of the League of Nurses of St Bartholomew's Hospital, she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and a trustee of numerous charities. In 2005 she was awarded the British Journal of Nursing's Lifetime Achievement Award.


In 2009 a new building of the University of Manchester was named the Jean McFarlane Building. It is sited to the east of University Place and is one of many completed in recent years.[2][3]


Jean McFarlane was the author of a number of studies, notably A Guide to the Practice of Nursing Using the Nursing Process, 1982.[4]


  1. ^ "Royal Commission papers". University of Sheffield. Retrieved 2009-08-14.  
  2. ^ UniLife; 1 June 2009, p. 4
  3. ^ "Jean McFarlane Building". University of Manchester. Retrieved 2009-08-14.  
  4. ^ "Writings by Jean McFarlane". Copac. Retrieved 2009-08-14.  


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