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New nursing professor to focus on practice

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St George’s has appointed a new professor to champion nursing practice through research.

Ruth Harris has been appointed as the first professor of nursing practice and innovation at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London’s School of Nursing.

She will take charge of research projects aimed at improving nursing practice and patient outcomes, and work closely with local trusts in developing new services.

One of her first priorities will be to complete a National Institute for Health Research study into the impact of team-working on outcomes and the experience of care for patients who have had a stroke. 

Professor Harris said:  “In the near future, nursing will become a degree-only profession, which is a huge development.

“There are many opportunities for nursing to develop in different ways as provision of healthcare changes, with more care being provided in the community.  Supporting and developing those innovations will be a key part of my role.”

Professor Harris was previously a reader in nursing at the university, which she joined in 2006 from her post as deputy director in the National Nursing Research Unit, King’s College London.

She has a clinical background in medical nursing and care of older people, having worked as a primary nurse on a King’s Fund funded nursing development unit and as the ward manager on a nursing-led intermediate care unit. 

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