Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair in Clinical Nursing Practice appointed 

31/08/2012 00:00 

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), London South Bank University (LSBU) and the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Lesley Baillie to the Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair in Clinical Nursing Practice.

Dr Baillie

This post, primarily focusing on improving integrated care of patients, will provide the opportunity to demonstrate academic leadership at the clinical interface and will contribute to the translation of research directly into clinical care.

The post will enable Dr Baillie to build upon her previous and current research portfolio which not only includes work around integration but internationally-recognised research activity related to patient dignity.

Dr Baillie, who has a background in acute nursing, says integrated care and patient dignity are two areas ripe for research to improve patient care. “I will be working with all three organisations to support and enable nurses to develop their practice. It is important that nurses who are so closely involved with patients for so much of the time should be involved in research to help improve the care patients receive.”

Professor Judith Ellis, Dean at LSBU, which funded the post, said she was ‘delighted that Dr Lesley Baillie has accepted this position which will lead the way in developing senior clinical, academic and professional partnerships that will impact on the quality of patient care’.

Elizabeth Robb, FNF chief executive, said: “The Florence Nightingale Foundation is delighted to welcome the first appointment of what is envisaged to be a network of Chairs in Clinical Practice Research. These posts have the real potential to translate research into sustainable clinical practice improvements to the benefit of patient care.”

The appointment was welcomed by UCLH chief nurse Katherine Fenton who added: “UCLH has long recognised the value and potential of supporting frontline nurses to increase their research awareness and capability which will help them develop new ways of improving practice and patient care in their everyday working lives. This appointment is a major step toward achieving that objective.”

The Florence Nightingale Foundation supports nurses and midwives with scholarships, mentoring and perhaps, most importantly, to give them some recognition they so richly deserve. We raise vital funds to support this key group of clinical professionals enabling study at home and abroad, promoting innovation in practice, in addition to extending knowledge and skills to enable nurses and midwives to meet changing needs and improve patient care.


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