Press Release

24 November 2011

The England Centre for Practice Development at Canterbury Christ Church University has appointed Gary Rolfe as an Honorary Visiting Professor.

Gary Rolfe has been appointed as an Honorary Visiting Professor for The England Centre of Practice Development
Gary Rolfe has been appointed as an Honorary Visiting Professor for The England Centre of Practice Development

Gary Rolfe, Professor of Nursing at the University of Swansea, is a Registered Nurse with a background in acute mental health and group therapy. Before becoming a nurse, he took a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and later received his Master’s degree and PhD in education from Southampton University.

As well as teaching and writing, he has developed a work-based professional doctorate degree and has helped to establish the Wales Centre for Practice Innovation. He is currently working with practitioners across West Wales in a number of Practice Development and Practice Innovation Units.

Carrie Jackson, Director of the England Centre for Practice Development at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted by Gary’s appointment to our network of international Professors.  We intend to work collaboratively with the Wales Centre for Practice Innovation on practice development projects and research that directly impacts on the quality of front line health and social care services, as well as the experiences of service users in the communities we serve.”

Gary has published over a hundred articles, academic papers and books, and receives regular invitations to speak at conferences across the world. He has held associate editorships for the Journal of Nursing Management and the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, and is currently review editor for Nurse Education Today.

In addition to his post at Swansea University, he is Associate Professor of Practice Innovation and Development with the ABM University Health Board in West Wales, and Visiting Professor at Trinity College Dublin.

As a dedicated research centre within the Faculty of Health at Christ Church, The England Centre for Practice Development aims to transform patient care and services so that they are more person-centred, safe and effective at local, national and international levels.

Notes to Editor

The England Centre for Practice Development

The England Centre for Practice Development launched on 5 October 2011 at Canterbury Christ Church University with a commitment to increase scholarly activities and research in practice development to improve patient and service user experiences of care.

The Centre is a partnership of international networks led by and based at Canterbury Christ Church University, and supported by members of the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC) including lead scholars, academics and practitioners in health and social care.

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 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ 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.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • 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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