A leading academic who specialises in the mental health of expectant mums and dads has been appointed to a prestigious research role.
Professor Debbie Carrick-Sen, currently head of research for nursing and midwifery at Newcastle Hospitals Foundation Trust, is only the sixth person to be made a Florence Nightingale chair in clinical nursing and midwifery practice and research.
“This is a splendid achievement for nursing and midwifery in Birmingham”
The appointment was made by the Florence Nightingale Foundation in partnership with the University of Birmingham and Heart of England Foundation Trust.
Professor Carrick-Sen has focused on the mental health of mothers and fathers before and after the birth of a baby – an area identified as a national priority for the coming year.
Her research has included work on ways to prepare parents for twins and multiple births and examining the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder in parents following high risk childbirth.
The chairship is the first of its kind in the Midlands, following other similar appointments in Cardiff, Cambridge, Manchester and London.
The positions are part of the Florence Nightingale Foundation’s drive to support nurses to take the lead in ground-breaking clinical research and improving the quality of care for patients.
“This is a splendid achievement for nursing and midwifery in Birmingham,” said Professor Fiona Irvine, head of nursing at the University of Birmingham.
“Nurses and midwives make an important contribution to the development of evidence-based healthcare through their research and this appointment reinforces this,” she added.
Professor Carrick-Sen, who will work closely with nursing and midwifery teams at Heart of England, described the appointment as a “huge honour”.
“I am tremendously excited to be working in this innovative post supported by three outstanding organisations,” she said.