Press Release

27 June 2011

A new free-access online International Practice Development Journal was launched on Monday 20 June at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Hosted by the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FONS) and having Professor Jan Dewing as Academic Editor, and Carrie Jackson on the Managing Editorial Board, the journal publishes and makes freely accessible scholarly inquiry into practice development and related fields.

The launch was followed by a Master Class by Professor Val Wilson, Honorary Visiting Professor from Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney.

Professor Val is one of the Faculty’s recent honorary appointments and she shared ground breaking innovative research project work for children and families in Australia with an invited audience of practitioners and academics.

Carrie Jackson, Head of Department for Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, said: "We are delighted to support this innovative journal which enables practitioners, researchers and service users to share their experiences of developing services around the world using practice development methods, principles and values.

Professor Val Wilson
Professor Val Wilson

"We also look forward to working with Val through the England Centre for Practice Development, when it launches in the autumn, and to her future visits. We have just accepted her invitation to present a key note address in Sydney, at the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC) conference in October 2012."

A lunchtime session for academic staff focused on the development of action and active learning with students and practitioners to develop effective workplace cultures.  

To access the journal, please visit: .

For further information about the journal please contact: Rebecca Hellmuth, Journal Administrator, email:


Notes to Editor

Val Wilson is Director of Nursing Research & Practice Development at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, as well as the Professor of Nursing Research & Practice Development at UTS. Val works closely with clinicians and nursing leaders on a wide range of practice development, evaluation and research activities. She is an IPDC facilitator and is part of an international practice development collaborative.

Research interests

• Practice Development
• Evaluation of Practice
• Effective Teamwork
• Knowledge Utilisation
• Action & Active Learning
• Action Research
• Critical Reflection & Facilitation

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.

• 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.


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