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Two new clinical nursing professors to drive trust research

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An acute provider in the Midlands and a specialist mental health trust based in North London have both appointed new clinical nursing professors to drive forward their research programmes.

It was announced that Children’s health expert Professor Jane Coad is joining University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust in a joint appointment with the University of Coventry.

“We want to attract the best researchers to conduct research that will improve the lives of our patients”

Nina Fraser

In addition, it was revealed today that Professor Fiona Nolan is joining Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in June.

Professor Coad will work two days a week in her new strategic leadership post at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, where she will develop research by nurses and midwives.

The trust noted that it was currently involved in a number of world-leading research programmes, including trials looking at the causes of recurrent miscarriage and diabetes.

It highlighted that Professor Coad’s research was “predominantly” focused on children and families with long-term, complex and palliative care needs in acute, community and public health settings.

She has previously developed and now leads the trust’s Interdisciplinary Non-medical Clinical Academic Programme, where she supports staff to develop research projects to improve patient care.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Professor Jane Coad

Nina Fraser and Jane Coad

She will also continue with her present roles as professor of children and family nursing at Coventry University’s health and life sciences faculty and as executive director of one of its research centred.

Professor Coad said: “I am delighted to start this new clinical research professor post at UHCW NHS Trust, and support its nurses, midwives, clinical health scientists and allied health professionals.

“For me what is really exciting is that it adds to the partnership relationship of Coventry University and the trust, and I am sure will bring lots of possibilities for developing inter-disciplinary clinical research,” she said.

Nina Fraser, chief nursing officer at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, said: “Taking part in research improves the care we provide to patients we are currently caring for.

“As part of our world class ambitions, we want to attract the best researchers to conduct research that will improve the lives of our patients,” she said.

“Jane has always been supportive of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals developing their own research,” she said. “This new role will provide Jane with dedicated time to further develop research within our hospitals.”

Meanwhile, at Tavistock and Portman, Professor Nolan has been asked to facilitate active nurse engagement in research and guide development of clinical academic career pathways in nursing.

She will be required to promote its work externally through her “many networks and relationships”, said the trust.

It added that Professor Nolan will engage with colleagues to provide mentorship and guidance to build research “capacity and capability”.

In addition, the trust said she would work with it to apply for development and research funding, which would be “closely aligned” to its nursing discipline strategy and wider research objectives.

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Fiona Nolan

Fiona Nolan

She is one of eight current Florence Nightingale Foundation chairs of nursing in the UK and the only one in mental health.

“I am looking forward to taking up this honorary appointment with the trust and to starting work with this impressive group of nurses,” said Professor Nolan. “The specialist clinical services will provide an excellent basis for academic enquiry.

“My role with the Tavistock is part of a wider programme of engagement with NHS trusts as Florence Nightingale Foundation clinical chair, to promote research as a core nursing activity and to develop clear pathways for clinical academic careers,” she said.

“I anticipate that our collaboration will have tangible benefits to nursing and other staff groups involved and most importantly to users of the Tavistock and Portman services,” she added.

Professor Nolan has been employed as clinical professor of mental health nursing at the University of Essex since 2017.

Prior to that, she held joint clinical academic posts between University College London and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust for over 15 years.

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