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New Professor to help shape future of national patient care

25 February 2010

A new professor will lead the way in ground breaking patient-centred research in Kent and East Sussex.

Professor Jan Dewing
Professor Jan Dewing.

Professor Jan Dewing has been appointed to a new partnership role between Canterbury Christ Church University and East Sussex Community Health NHS.

One of only three similar practice development posts in the country, Professor Dewing will look at ways of improving the quality of NHS care by putting patients at the centre of her research.

The post, based in the University’s Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, will draw on her extensive national and international experience, particularly in the field of dementia and care for the elderly.

Professor Dewing said: “I am delighted to be working for Canterbury Christ Church and the East Sussex Community Health NHS in this exciting partnership which I’m confident will bring real benefits for patient care.”

As well as a significant clinical practice record, Jan has held a variety of education and research posts in universities and The Royal College of Nursing.

She is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and is leading on one of the world’s largest practice development programmes in older people’s long term care in NSW Australia.

Carrie Jackson, Head of the Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, said: “I am delighted by this appointment and believe that the post is of great significance to the region. It will put us firmly on the map at a national and international level for practice development and link education and practice in an altogether new way.”

Notes to Editor

For an interview with Professor Dewing or Carrie Jackson, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University media relations officer on 01227 782391.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University has, since its foundation by the Church of England as a teacher training college in 1962, developed a wide range of taught programmes, research and educational services. It continues to be the largest centre of higher education in Kent for the major public services.

The University now has over 16,000 students based in five Faculties: Arts and Humanities, Business and Management, Education, Health and Social Care, Social and Applied Sciences.  Our 1,500 staff contribute to the University’s work at our five campuses: Canterbury, Broadstairs, Folkestone (in partnership with the Creative Foundation and the University of Greenwich), Medway (in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Kent with Mid-Kent College) and Tunbridge Wells.

In so doing we seek to sustain the University’s Mission:
‘Inspired by the University’s Church of England Foundation and the aspirations of our students and staff, our mission is to pursue excellence in academic and professional higher education thereby enriching both individuals and society.’

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