The first ever Florence Nightingale Foundation chair in clinical nursing practice has been appointed.
It was announced yesterday that Lesley Baillie will take on the post, which is intended to primarily focus on improving the integration of patient care.
The position was jointly created by London South Bank University, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Florence Nightingale Foundation.
Ms Baillie, who has a background in acute nursing, said integrated care and patient dignity were 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,” she said.
“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.”
FNF chief executive Elizabeth Robb 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.”