Clare Chitsa


From working in the mining industry in her native Zimbabwe, to becoming a Mental Health nurse, with two young children, Clare Chitsa’s life has transformed since joining the University of Worcester.

Clare Chitsa

Clare relocated to the UK in 2019 and having worked as a metallurgical technician realised the need for a career transition.

“After the birth of my first child I suffered with postpartum blues, during which I received minimal support for my mental wellbeing,” she said. “This experience sparked a deep fascination within me for the field of mental health nursing. Motivated by a desire to contribute meaningfully to the lives of individuals struggling with mental health challenges, I embarked upon a journey of exploration and self-discovery, seeking to align my professional aspirations with the pressing need for comprehensive mental healthcare provision.”

Clare joined the University’s Mental Health Nursing degree, with one young child and another on the way, and discovered a passion for research.

“During my studies I had the privilege of being selected as one of only eight students to complete a nursing research internship,” she said. “This opportunity allowed me to engage with esteemed academic figures, immersing myself in conferences and meetings of profound significance that shape the landscape of evidence-based practice. It was a humbling experience to witness first-hand the profound impact these gatherings have on our current understanding of evidence-based practice.”

Clare has now secured a job as a staff nurse on an acute ward in Worcester, which incorporates a research collaborator role. She aspires to one day work as a clinical researcher in the field of psychosis and neuropsychiatry.

On graduating, Clare said: “My graduation fills me with a profound sense of excitement as it represents a remarkable milestone in my academic journey. This course has served as a foundation for my professional development. With great anticipation, I look forward to the forthcoming opportunities for genuine experiential learning and the acquisition of practical skills as a mental health practitioner.”

The University’s annual autumn Graduation Ceremonies will take place as planned from September 12-14 in the beautiful and historic Worcester Cathedral followed by celebration receptions at the City Campus. No Worcester graduates have been affected by the marking and assessment boycott.

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