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Nursing academic appointed to top research advisory board

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Professor Jill Maben, leading expert on nursing workforce issues at the University of Surrey, has joined a high powered panel that aims to boost health service staff and patient engagement with research.

She has been appointed to the Engagement Involvement Advisory Board of the Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute at the University of Cambridge.

“To improve the NHS, we need to work collaboratively and bring healthcare professionals and patients together”

Jill Maben

This influential institute brings together patients and experts in the healthcare sector to improve quality and safety in the NHS.

Professor Maben will join the panel to advise on how to engage and involve NHS staff and patients in healthcare improvement studies that will enhance care and treatments.

Professor Maben joined the Surrey University in 2017 after a successful career at King’s College London. She was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and healthcare in 2014.

Her work focuses on supporting staff to provide the best possible patient care, and on staff well-being at work.

She has undertaken national and international studies on workforce issues, improving care quality and measuring patient and staff experience.

Professor Maben served as an expert advisor to the Prime Minister’s Nursing and Care Quality Forum in 2013, representing the former National Nursing Research Unit at King’s College London.

Professor Maben said: “I am delighted to be appointed to the Engagement Involvement Advisory Board of THIS Institute.

“To improve the NHS, we need to work collaboratively and bring healthcare professionals and patients together to learn how best to improve care and staff working environments,” she said.

“I am looking forward to working with exceptional colleagues and to learning much more about the work of THIS Institute, and to rising to this new challenge,” she added.

Professor Melaine Coward, head of the school of health sciences at the University of Surrey, said: “Congratulations to Jill on this prestigious appointment.

“Jill has worked tirelessly to create positive working environments for nurses, and the insight she will give to the board will be invaluable – ultimately improving the experiences of patients in the healthcare sector,” she added.

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