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Gloucestershire nursing academic celebrated with scholarship

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The University of Gloucestershire’s academic subject lead in nursing has been awarded a prestigious research scholarship from the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

Dr Joy Darch was awarded a scholarship for “advancing the art and science of nursing” last week at a ceremony at the Governors’ Hall at St Thomas Hospital in London.

“The foundation is always proud of research scholars”

Elizabeth Robb

The foundation’s research scholarships provide up to £5,000 for a scholar to undertake a course in research methods, research modules or a dissertation as part of an academic course of study.

They must involve clinically focused research, and be able to demonstrate an impact on patient care and be academically supervised or supported.

Dr Darch said: “I’m delighted to have received my scholarship certificate, the culmination of four years’ hard work.

“The research I’ve undertaken makes recommendations for nurse education, healthcare organisations and policy,” she said. “I am very grateful for the professional support of the foundation which has been quite remarkable.”

She has also recently been instrumental in the development of the university’s new nursing degree, said the institution.

University of Gloucestershire

Gloucester nursing academic celebrated with scholarship

Joy Darch

Its new three-year BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) is intended to address nursing shortages locally by offering a three-year undergraduate degree and supports student nurses to care for themselves while caring for others.

It is led by the university in partnership with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Professor Elizabeth Robb, chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, said: “The foundation is always proud of research scholars.

“Joy undertook a particularly impactful professional doctorate looking at how student nurses interpret being role models in healthy lifestyles, which she presented both at our conference and at our biennial awards ceremony,” she said. “Congratulations to Joy on this achievement.”

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