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New appointment to 'bolster' clinical research in nursing practice

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A nurse academic with a background in cancer care has been appointed to help advance the nursing research agenda in Hertfordshire and the surrounding region.

Dr Natalie Pattison has been unveiled as the University of Hertfordshire’s new Florence Nightingale Foundation chair in clinical nursing practice.

“This will be a hugely exciting opportunity for me to shape both clinical knowledge and research”

Natalie Pattison

Dr Pattison, who joins the university from the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust where she is a senior clinical research fellow, will take up the position on 2 October.

The post is a collaboration between the university, the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

In her new role, Dr Pattison will be expected to “develop and deliver” a programme of clinically applied research to advance practice and support patient care across acute and community settings.

She will also be required to develop and implement strategies for “policies, practice and pathways of care”, said the university.

These would be focused on the priority health needs of Hertfordshire and areas of existing strengths, to develop integrated clinical research programmes in key areas, it added.

University of Hertfordshire

New appointment to ‘bolster’ research in nursing practice

Natalie Pattison

Dr Pattison has worked as a nurse in cancer and critical care since 1998. She has also worked in critical care outreach and runs critical care follow-up clinics.

At the Royal Marsden, she was exploring the role of critical care outreach in end-of-life transitions in acute illness, and was trust’s lead for public and patient involvement in research.

Speaking on her appointment, Dr Pattison said: ‘I am thoroughly delighted to be taking up this joint appointment.

“The Florence Nightingale Foundation has a long history of advancing clinical practice through research, and the university and trust are both committed to developing nursing through research so this will be a hugely exciting opportunity for me to shape both clinical knowledge and research,” she said.

Jackie Kelly, dean of the school of health and social work at Hertfordshire University, said: “This appointment demonstrates the strong working relationships between our organisations, with joint ambitions for the advancement of clinical nursing research.

“Dr Pattison will help us realise the potential in advancing a focus for clinical nursing research, positively impacting on nursing knowledge, service delivery and ultimately patient outcomes, in Hertfordshire and beyond,” she said.

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Ursula Ward

Liz Lees, director of nursing at East and North Hertfordshire, said: “This is a very exciting development and Dr Patterson’s appointment will help advance the nursing research agenda locally.”

Ursula Ward, chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, added: “The Florence Nightingale Foundation is delighted that Natalie has been appointed to this very important post.

“Building an evidence base upon which modern day clinical practice is based and is fundamental to the legacy of Florence Nightingale,” she said.

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