A leading researcher in the field of palliative care will join an elite band of clinical nursing professors when she takes up the first post of its kind at a university in Scotland.
Professor Bridget Johnston has been appointed to the role of Florence Nightingale Foundation chair in clinical nursing practice research at the University of Glasgow.
The role is the result of a partnership between the university, the Florence Nightingale Foundation and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and is the first such post in Scotland.
Professor Johnston, who has led multi-professional research on palliative and supportive care and has an international reputation, joins a select group of clinical nursing professors supported by the foundation.
She is expected to start her new post in May this year.
Professor Anna Dominiczak, head of the university’s college of medical, veterinary and life sciences, said the appointment was an opportunity to boost research opportunities and translate research directly into clinical care.
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Margaret McGuire, nurse director at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, also welcomed the announcement.
“I am delighted Professor Johnston will be part of our team, working with us to develop our research capacity and, importantly, improve care for our patients and their families,” she said.
Florence Nightingale Foundation chief executive Elizabeth Robb said the organisation was pleased to welcome a new face to its virtual faculty of clinical nursing professors.
“We are delighted to have one now in Scotland,” she said. “Building capacity and capability in research across the UK is central to the foundation’s aims.”