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Top nursing academic to lead joint research programme

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Professor Christine Norton has been appointed as a Florence Nightingale Foundation chair in clinical nursing practice research at King’s College London.

The position is part of a pioneering partnership between the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London, the Florence Nightingale Foundation and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Professor Norton will work across the three organisations to create a collaborative programme of research that advances clinical practice and patient care improvement within nursing.

She will also continue in her current post of professor of nursing at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, which is based at King’s.

Professor Norton is considered an internationally renowned expert on incontinence and gastrointestinal nursing.

She is a Cochrane editor and reviewer, and has holds a wide range of advisory and trustee positions in patient-led organisations.

Professor Norton said: “I am passionate about improving patient care and patient experience by combining high quality research with compassionate care.

“I am delighted that this role will enable me to provide leadership for clinical nurses and midwives who pursue academic excellence in their research while maintaining their patient contact.”

Janice Sigsworth, director of nursing at Imperial College Healthcare Trust, said: “This is a unique opportunity to bring together the strengths of Imperial, the Florence Nightingale Foundation and Kings College.

“Together we support nurses and midwives to develop research capability and capacity and to prepare nurse researchers of the future to focus on delivering compassionate, evidence based care to patients and their families.”

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