Today travel health medicine is my work and passion, but I began nursing in 1973 at St George’s Hospital in London and undertook subsequent post graduate training in neurosurgery and neuromedicine at one of the world’s leading centres, The Atkinson Morley Hospital, London. I went on to complete midwifery training at the West Cheshire Maternity Hospital, but eventually returned to hospital medicine and ended a busy career in this field back in my training hospital as a medical ward sister.

Following a break to have a family, I became a Practice Nurse in 1990 when my interest in travel health first began.  In 1995 I undertook a distance learning travel health medicine course at the University of Glasgow.  Being in the inaugural multi-disciplinary group of this course, the first of its type in the world, was both exciting and challenging. At that time I didn’t even own a computer or have any internet connection and e-mail – the learning curve was a steep one! The hard work was worth it though as I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Travel Health Medicine in 1998.

Since that time my career has developed in travel medicine and I’ve held a number of positions some of which are listed below, many in an honorary capacity. I also set up my training business, Travel Health Training Ltd. in 2000 and continue to teach around the UK and speak at national and international meetings.  However, I continued to work part time in a GP surgery seeing travellers in a dedicated travel clinic until the COVID-9 pandemic severely disrupted the practice of travel health as it did the travel industry.  Today I work from home in London continuing to write and develop education in a digital format for the time being but look forward to getting back to some face to face teaching in the future .

In the New Year Honours List of 2022, I was very honoured to receive an MBE for services to Training and Development in Travel Medicine.

Jane Chiodini MBE MSc RGN RM FFTM RCPS(Glasg)  Queen’s Nurse


1995 – 1998

MSc Travel Medicine, University of Glasgow

1997 – 2006

Member of the Royal College of Nursing Travel Health Forum Committee and Chair of the group from 2000 – 2006

1998 – 2000

Executive Board Member of the British Travel Health Association

1998 – 2005

Personal advisor and tutor on the Diploma and Foundation courses in Travel Medicine at the University of Glasgow then subsequently with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in conjunction with Health Protection Scotland

1998 – present

Travel Health Specialist Nurse working in a primary care setting part time, running a travel clinic. See above for more details.

2002 – present

Director of Travel Health Training Ltd. Independent training company that travels to you around the UK providing travel health study days. – see the ‘education‘ page on this website for more details

2002 – 2010

Honorary Lecturer, the Academic Unit of Travel Medicine and Vaccines, University College London Medical School, and WHO Collaborating Centre for Travel Medicine, London

2004 – 2011

Honorary Member of the Practice and Nursing Issues committee then the Nurse Professional Group of the International Society of Travel Medicine, taking the lead role as Chair 2008 – 2011

2005 – 2009

Part time Nurse Adviser on the telephone helpline for healthcare professional enquiries at the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC)

2006 – present

Founder Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG).

2006 – 2009

Elected Honorary Member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine Board RCPSG

2009 – 2012

Elected Honorary Secretary of the Faculty of Travel Medicine Board, Educational and Professional Development Lead and Editor of Emporiatrics, RCPSG

2011 – present

Personal advisor and tutor for the Foundation in Travel Medicine course at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Examiner for the Diploma in Travel Medicine and also the MFTM Part II within the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

2013 – present

Editorial Board Member of Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases

2014 – present

Editorial Board Member of Practice Nurse Journal


Awarded Queen’s Nurse from the Queen’s Nursing Institute

First International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) Nurse Professional Group (NPG) Distinguished Nurse Leadership Award

Appointed the Faculty of Travel Medicine Director of Education, Training and Professional Development, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (July 2015 – December 2016}


Awarded Fellowship of the International Society of Travel Medicine


Awarded Principal College Clinical Educator of the Academy of Clinical Educators, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Elected ‘Dean Elect’ of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (taking up the position of Dean of the Faculty in October 2018)

2018 – 2021

Inaugurated as Dean of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow – see news item here


Awarded an MBE in Her Majesty’s New Years Honours for training and development in travel medicine.  See a news item here 


‘The Jane Chiodini Prize’ for the highest performing student on the Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.  See Jane Chiodini Prize Launched at Annual Travel Medicine Conference (


Joint winner (with Dr David Shlim) of the inaugural ‘Jay Keystone Prize’ for education, presented at the 18th Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine’ in Basel in May 2023.  Prof Jay Keystone was an inspiring educator alongside his significantly impressive medical career and it was a true honour to receive this award.  He was the first person I ever heard speak on travel medicine (on the first day of my travel medicine diploma) and for those that knew him, his lectures were truly memorable.


I live in London with my husband Peter who works as the Consultant Clinical Parasitologist at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London and Director of the Public Health England Malaria Reference Laboratory at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

We have two grown up sons, neither of whom had any desire to follow us into the medical world but are working hard and enjoying success in their own chosen fields in life and make us very proud! My hobbies are exploring London, swimming, a love of musicals and craft work – e-mail me for further information about this at

Photo credit

For the image of zebras on this page to Dr. Jon Cossar, good friend, travel medicine guru and inspiring amateur photographer!

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