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Nursing research unit appoints director

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Professor Brian Williams has been appointed director of the Scottish government’s Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit.

Professor Williams, an internationally renowned researcher specialising in patient experience, said his appointment offered him “a unique opportunity” to lead research informing practice across Scotland”. The unit has bases at the University of Stirling and Glasgow Caledonian University.

Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland Ros Moore welcomed the appointment. She said: “This unit is one of only five supported by government and offers a unique focus on the largest professional group in the service. In just 15 years it has established a growing reputation and Brian brings ideal skills and experience to make their work outstanding.”

Professor Williams is currently director of the Social Dimensions of Health Institute at University of Dundee.

Over the past two years he has laid the foundation for a highly innovative programme of research examining the role and importance of patient’s mental images of their illness and the ways these affect their fears, concerns, behaviours and illness outcomes.

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