Press Release

05 April 2013

The England Practice Development School, based at Canterbury Christ Church University, has been selected as a key part of The Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship awarded by The Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS).

Organised and supported by the FoNS, the scholarship is being offered to a qualified practicing nurse, midwife or health visitor who is committed to developing person-centred cultures of care. The late Richard Tompkins saw the potential of FoNS to enable nurses to develop knowledge and skills that benefit patients.

Dr Theresa Shaw, CEO at FoNS said; “The Tompkins Foundation remains a valuable supporter of FoNS and we are delighted that Mrs Elizabeth Tompkins is supporting this scholarship opportunity. When we developed the scholarship proposal, the International Practice Development School offered by the England Centre for Practice Development (ECPD) at Canterbury Christ Church University was an obvious choice.”

Professor Jan Dewing, Co-director of the England Centre for Practice Development at Canterbury Christ Church University said; “This scholarship offers the successful applicant a wonderful opportunity. Not only do they get a funded place at this prestigious school, the scholarship covers funding for academic accreditation as a distance learner at the university.

“I am delighted that our collaborative work with FoNS continues to grow. Together we have been involved in these schools for more than 10 years and we both believe that they enable individuals to gain knowledge and skills to facilitate the development of more person-centred cultures of care, which is especially timely given the Francis Report and the Government’s response.”

Practice Development is an internationally recognized approach that sets out to achieve multiple inter-related aims in health care workplaces and organisations. These aims range from transforming care and services so that they are person-centered, safe and effective, to ensuring that the best evidence, including patient experience, expertise and research, informs everyday practice

Notes to Editor

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

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, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

 *2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

Foundation of Nursing Studies

FoNS has developed an excellent reputation at the forefront of nursing. As a registered charity, FoNS operates UK wide and across all healthcare settings. We are dedicated to working with nurses and healthcare teams to develop and share innovative ways of improving practice; thereby enabling them to provide care that is high quality; evidence based and meets the needs of patients

The Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship offers:

  • A Fully funded attendance at the ECPD at CCCU 5-day residential International Practice Development School
  • Funding to support the achievement of academic accreditation as a distance learner (20 CAT points at level 6) from Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Mentorship from FoNS over 12 months to support an innovation in practice
  • The opportunity to work towards publishing a paper in the International Practice Development Journal (see as a novice writer
  • An honorary FoNS Associate registration for 12 months


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