ECPD Director becomes Global Ambassador for Education and Research

16 January 2017

Carrie Jackson, Director of the England Centre for Practice Development (ECPD), has been appointed Global Ambassador for Education and Research by the World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS).

WHIS provides a global platform for countries to openly share ideas and work together to discover solutions that improve health care for all.

The initiative was launched in March 2016 and now has programmes running for WHIS Kids (Health & Wellness for the next generation), WHIS Seniors (Caring for older people to improve quality of life) and WHIS at work (healthy workplace cultures that manage workplace stress). All the programmes support communities, while looking for solutions to ease pressure from our health and social care services through prevention.

Carrie said: “I am delighted to be an ambassador for Education and Research with WHIS. The ECPD shares a commitment to WHIS values. We are committed to working collaboratively with people to co-produce sustainable solutions to some of the health and wellbeing challenges we face in society today. We achieve this by working directly with the public, practitioners, commissioners, policy makers and a wide range of stakeholders to connect people’s experiences, creativity, ideas and resources; to co-create a blue print for quality improvement and change in our communities. 

“Our research is underpinned by a commitment to action, working with questions that are derived from everyday experiences about what matters most to people. The approaches we use are very systematic, and our work is underpinned by a commitment to sustainable change and transformation so that people and services are developed from within as part of the research journey.

“Facilitating the learning and development of the current and future workforce is a very important part of this journey through empowering the development of clinical and systems leaders who will be capable of promoting integrated ways of working in the future to deliver services that look very different to those we are familiar with today. This means that people need to really understand and become skilled in creating the conditions for effective workplace cultures where everyone can flourish and be the best they can be in order to deliver high quality care and services that make a difference to people’s lives and experiences”. 

Notes to editors

  • The England Centre for Practice Development is hosted by The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Canterbury Christ Church University
  • As a national research, evaluation and innovation, it is committed to creating cultures that enable innovation in health and social care practice, at the point of care, to ensure that they are person centered, safe and effective.
  • The Centre’s aims are:
    • To promote high quality transformational research and innovation for the benefit of practitioners, patients, carers and the wider public, and
    • To embed research, development and innovation activities so that they become core to the continuous improvement of health and social care services.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 96% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2014/15 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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