London South Bank University (LSBU) has funded the 'Florence Nightingale Chair in Clinical Nursing Practice' post - a new role within the Florence Nightingale Foundation which will not only help to improve patient care, but will benefit the education of both pre and post registration students at LSBU.
The appointment, which has been newly created in partnership with University College Hospital (UCLH) NHS Trust and the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF), will help to lead the way in developing senior clinical, academic and professional partnerships that will impact on the quality of patient care.
Dr Lesley Baillie from the University of Bedfordshire has been appointed to the role, which will also contribute to the translation of research into clinical care.
The opportunity to fund the Chair in Clinical Nursing Practice is the result of LSBU's strong and sustained partnership relationships with UCLH and the FNF.
Talking about the post, Professor Judith Ellis, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at LSBU, said: "Having the opportunity to fund this important role signifies national and indeed international recognition of the Faculty of Health and Social Care at LSBU as a leading organisation, not only in the education and development of nurses, but in the expansion of nursing knowledge.
"This collaboration will, through the shared management of the Clinical Chair, enhance the integration of research and practice thereby strengthening the provision of evidence based education and practice.
"This will not only benefit LSBU students but patients cared for by UCLH."
The Florence Nightingale Foundation plans to provide a network of similar clinical academic positions that will enhance the value and recognition of nursing nationally and internationally.
Following her appointment to the post, Dr Baillie will be able 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, said integrated care and patient dignity are two areas ripe for research to improve patient care: "I will be working with all three organisations (LSBU, UCLH and FNF) 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."
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Posted: 20th September 2012