Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed Professor Christi Deaton to head up a new programme to drive through research projects aimed at improving nursing care for patients.
The Florence Nightingale Foundation professorship of clinical nursing research is the first post of its kind in Cambridge and one of just a handful across the UK.
It is intended to increase the number of nurse-led research projects taking place at the trust, which has jointly funded the post with the Florence Nightingale Foundation and the University of Cambridge.
Professor Deaton, a leading nurse academic, will be responsible for supporting clinical nursing colleagues to develop research skills, supervising PhD students, mentoring Florence Nightingale Foundation scholars and developing teaching programmes.
Cambridge University Hospitals chief executive Keith McNeil, said: “She will be working closely with nursing colleagues from across the trust to identify areas where improvements can be made, and then driving those improvements with the evidence gathered through robust academic research projects.
“The findings will be used to redesign health care pathways and interventions, ultimately improving both the quality and delivery of care, thus bringing significant benefits to all our patients.”
Professor Elizabeth Robb, chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, added: “We look forward with great anticipation to Christi starting in November. We hope this will be just one key part of a network of prestigious appointments across the UK.”
Professor Deaton said: “I am excited and honoured to take on the role. It’s a tremendous opportunity to focus on improving care for patients.”
“Following Florence Nightingale’s example we need nurses to question practice, review and implement existing evidence into practice, and develop the evidence needed to deliver the highest quality care to patients.
“We are seeing increasing recognition of the importance of clinical nursing research, and support for clinical academic roles for nurses nationally. I look forward with great anticipation to working with colleagues at these world-leading institutions.”
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