Press Release

30 October 2013

The England Centre for Practice Development, hosted within the Faculty of Health and Social Care, has appointed two new Visiting Professors to develop collaborative research around person centred care.

Dr Davina Porock
Dr Davina Porock

Dr Davina Porock is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has also worked in nursing practice and research in Australia, where she received all her formal nursing education and in the UK, and holds visiting professorships at the University of Malaya, Malaysia, and the University of Missouri, USA.

Most of Dr Porock’s work has been in the care of older adults approaching the end of life and in particular understanding the transition from recovery-focused care to end of life care; a holistic process she called ‘recognising dying’.

Dr Porock’s research has also focused on the care of people with dementia, particularly those living in long term care or in hospital.

Professor Belinda Dewar, PhD, MsC, RGN, RCNT, from the Institute of Care and Practice Improvement at the University of West of Scotland also joins the Centre as Visiting Professor.

Her current role as Professor of Practice Improvement at the Institute allows her to be involved in a range of research that informs the development of improvement science and better care outcomes.

Professor Belinda Dewar
Professor Belinda Dewar

Professor Dewer has extensive experience as a nurse, research and educator, working with nurses, allied health care professionals, patients and families in a range of care settings over the last 25 years to support improving the experience of giving and receiving care.  She is also committed to developing development techniques that help people to become researchers of their own practice.

Carrie Jackson, Director of the England Centre for Practice Development, said: “We are delighted to welcome two highly successful professors to the England Centre for Practice Development.

“Both are recognised nationally and internationally for their work on caring and methodologies for improvement and we look forward to working with them on a programme of developments centred around compassionate care.

“Dr Porock’s appointment will help to strengthen our portfolio of End of Life Care research, working with Dr Steve O’Connor, a Reader in this field at Christ Church.

“Professor Dewer is renowned not only for research work for improving care, but also for designing and delivering innovative transformational leadership programmes.

“We hope that both Dr Porock and Professor Dewer will also be able to join our International Community of Practice for Person Centered Research led by the University of Ulster, focusing on collaboration for research and scholarship capacity building across the UK, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.

The England Centre for Practice Development is hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University. It is part of an international network of practice developers who are members of the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC). It is committed to the innovation of services and practices at the point of care to ensure that they are person-centered, safer and more effective. For more information visit:

Notes to Editor

Dr Porock

  • In 2012 Dr. Porock established the UB Institute for Person-Centered Care funded by John R. Oishei Foundation and UB to continue this work with faculty and students at UB as well as international partners in England, Ireland and Australia.  The Institute aims to build the evidence base for Person-Centered Care through collaborative interdisciplinary research and dissemination and to build capacity for research and scholarship in person-centered care through offering research opportunities for students at all levels of study and promoting exchange with international partners.

Professor Dewer

  • In 2004 Professor Dewer set up the Centre for the Older Person’s Agenda at Queen Margaret University which carried out research and development work in partnership with older people themselves, practitioners and researchers.
  • In 2006 she was appointed as the first nurse consultant for Care Homes across Scotland and has worked closely with Scottish Government, regulatory bodies and the health and social care sector to support staff in practice development and quality improvement.

 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.

  • 94% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest provider of education, training and skills to the public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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