WORKFORCE: Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed Professor Christi Deaton to head up a new programme to drive through research projects aimed at improving nursing care for patients.

The Florence Nightingale Foundation professorship of clinical nursing research is the first of its kind in Cambridge and one of just a handful across the UK, the trust said.

Professor Deaton, a leading nurse academic, will lead in “maximising opportunities for academic funding, supporting clinical nursing colleagues to develop their research skills, supervising PhD students, mentoring FNF scholars and developing teaching programmes,” a trust statement said.

The flagship role has been jointly funded by Cambridge University Hospitals, the Florence Nightingale Foundation and the University of Cambridge to increase the number of nurse-led research projects taking place at the trust.

Cambridge University Hospitals chief executive Keith McNeil, said: “We are sure that Christi will inspire and lead a nursing research culture at Cambridge University Hospitals.

“She will be working closely with nursing colleagues from across the trust to identify areas where improvements can be made, and then driving those improvements with the evidence gathered through robust academic research projects.

“The findings will be used to redesign health care pathways and interventions, ultimately improving both the quality and delivery of care, thus bringing significant benefits to all our patients.”