RESEARCH: A new professorship in community children’s nursing has been created to support research into the experiences of young people with long-term conditions and disabilities.

Mark Whiting has been appointed as the first WellChild Professor of Community Children’s Nursing at the University of Hertfordshire.

The post is jointly funded by University of Hertfordshire and the charity WellChild, which runs a nationwide children’s nursing service, and has been agreed for an initial three-year period.

Professor Whiting will establish a research programme on the experience of children and young people with disabilities and complex, long-term health needs.

He will also continue to work four-days-a-week in his existing post as consultant nurse for children’s community and specialist nursing with Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.     

Marion Dunstone, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust children’s services general manager, said: “We are excited to be working in partnership with the university and WellChild to improve research in children’s community nursing.

“Mark’s appointment will also allow our trust to continue the development of its children’s services research programme.”