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University appoints palliative nursing specialist to Aberdeen post

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Dr Sally Lawton has been appointed as a visiting professor of palliative care nursing at Robert Gordon University’s school of nursing and midwifery.

Dr Lawton, from NHS Grampian, started her clinical career as a district nurse before beginning a 30 year career in nurse education in 1984.

She has previously held a number of posts at Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen before becoming a senior lecturer in palliative care nursing for NHS Grampian in 2004.

“This is an exciting opportunity to develop teaching in the field and equip nurses with the necessary skills to provide the highest standards of care”

Sally Lawton

At NHS Grampian, she delivers palliative education to clinical staff in a diverse range of settings as well as leading on a number of care projects that aim to improve patient care. She also co-authored the NHS Grampian Palliative and Supportive Care Plan, which outlines best practice for nurses in the north east of Scotland.

Her appointment as a visiting professor will see her help to foster a partnership between practice and the university, with the aim of enhancing the development research in palliative care nursing.

Robert Gorden University

Sally Lawton

Dr Lawton said: “Becoming a visiting professor of palliative care nursing is an exciting opportunity to develop teaching in the field and equip nurses with the necessary skills to provide the highest standards of care.”

Professor Ian Murray, head of the university’s school of nursing and midwifery, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Dr Lawton back to RGU.

“She has a vast amount of experience in palliative care and we look forward to working with her on a number of education and research projects that will contribute to improvements in the quality of patient care in Grampian and further afield,” he said.

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