Press Release

03 March 2011

The Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies has appointed a host of internationally renowned academics to help develop its position as a national and international centre for practice development and nursing research.

Four world leading experts from across the UK, Europe and Australasia have joined the University as Honorary Professors and will be working within the Department for the next three years.

Dr Kim Manley CBE also joins Department as Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager for a joint project with East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust.

Over the next few months she will undertake a Specialist Nurse Review which aims to develop a framework that will help nurses to progress and evaluate care that is person-centred, safe and effective for all patients in the Trust.

Carrie Jackson, Head of the Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, said: ”Kim is widely recognised for her leading work with the Royal College of Nursing and Department of Health and has made a significant contribution to the field of nursing knowledge and practice worldwide. We are delighted that she, as well as our Honorary Professors will be able to help make positive changes to patient care both here in Kent and potentially worldwide.”

"All of our recent honorary professorial appointments are significant for our future national and international profile in the field of person-centered practice, practice development and effective workplace culture.”

Professor Sally Hardy joins from City University where she is responsible for leading postgraduate education provision and research as Associate Dean and Head of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. She will contribute to the development of research and scholarship in the field of practice innovation through the International Practice Development Schools initiative and the Master Class series.

Professor Tanya McCane is the Mona Grey Professor of Nursing Research and Development at the Institute of Health Care Research, School of Nursing, University of Ulster. Her most recent work focuses on identifying key performance indicators for nursing and midwifery that are indicative of person-centred care. Whilst at the University she will support the Department’s international masterclass series and undertake work on leadership in nursing and person-centred care research and development.

Professor Val Wilson joins from the University of Technology Sydney Research and Practice Development, and Director of Nursing Research and Practice Development at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Professor Wilson works closely with clinicians and nursing leaders on a wide range of practice development, evaluation and research activities. During her time at the University she has offered to work with Child Nursing and Midwifery.

Professor Ken Walsh is the inaugural Professor of Nursing Practice Development at the University of Wollongong. He has a joint role between the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health and the South East Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service, Southern Hospitals Network. His research interests include practice development and the nurse-patient relationship and his background is in mental health nursing. Professor Walsh will be working on solution focused therapies and thinking and cognitive behavioural therapy.




Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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