09 May 2011
Professor Jan Dewing, from Canterbury Christ Church University's Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, has won the 2011 Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) International Achievement Award.
Professor Jan Dewing
The RCNA is Australia’s top professional nursing organisation, offering seven annual honours and awards recognising excellence in the field of nursing and nursing study.
The International Achievement Award recognises professionals who have influenced international nursing in the areas of direct care, education, research or management.
Professor Dewing, who is currently a Visiting Professor for Aged Care and Practice Development at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, was recognised for her role as leader on one of the world’s largest practice development programmes in older people’s long term care. The three year transformation programme is in association with Uniting Care South East Region, Australia.
Professor Dewing said: “I am delighted that the partnership between Uniting Care Australia and University of Wollongong has been recognised through this award, along with the work of the rest of the research team.
“The aim of the program is to achieve a person-centred approach and culture of care, or what we refer to as ‘Inspired Care’, for older people.
“Alongside this, we are running a large and multi-method evaluation research study to examine how effective the transformation work is for the well-being of older people and staff who carry out the care.
“I think the award shows that nurses and the people they work with are capable of achieving excellence. We can also achieve better outcomes and a better experience of care for our patients and residents.”
Carrie Jackson, Head of Department for Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies at Christ Church, said: “It is great news that Professor Dewing has received such a prestigious award. It is testament to the work, and results, that she achieves not only in Australia but here at Canterbury Christ Church University too. It also demonstrates the importance of our new national Centre for Practice Development and our work with international partners”.
Professor Dewing is Head of Person-Centred Research and Practice Centre Development, a joint partnership role between Canterbury Christ Church University and East Sussex Community Health NHS.
Notes to Editor
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.
• In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
• 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.