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Five Kent, Surrey and Sussex nurses and midwives accepted onto NIHR 70@70 leadership programme

Date: 18 February 2019

Five senior nurses and midwives from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex have been successful in their application to join the NIHR’s 70@70 leadership programme.

  • Dr Cate Bell, Head of Research, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Anita Green, Associate Director of Nurse Education, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ruth Hulbert - Lead Research Nurse, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lee Tomlinson - Lead Nurse and Research & Research Development Manager, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT)
  • Alison Welfare-Wilson, Acting Clinical Research Team Leader/Clinical Research Nurse,  Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT)

The 70@70 programme is for senior nurse and midwife clinical leaders with experience of building a research-led care environment for patients, and who have a record of developing existing practice and contributing to a research rich environment.

The 70 successful applicants from across England will form a new community of senior clinical nurses and midwives who will champion the promotion of an embedded research active culture, encourage and support innovation, and inform research priorities in their organisations.

Through protected time they will be able to dedicate two days a week (over a period of three years) to foster a culture of innovation, with the ultimate goal of delivering high quality, evidenced based nursing, midwifery and healthcare practice.

Cate Bell: “Congratulations to my fellow 70@70 nurses and midwives. I am very excited at the prospect of working collaboratively over the next few years to boost research amongst nurses and midwives and looking forward to meeting everyone very soon.”

Lee Tomlinson: “I am delighted to have been selected for the 70@70 programme.  With a third of our staff across the organisation being nurses this provides an opportunity to significantly progress a topic that I have been working on in the community trust. 70@70 will give me space to work with nurses, identifying community populations of need and provide focussed encouragement and support to enable them  to influence the evidence for high quality care. It’s an exciting time with great Kent, Surrey and Sussex representation on the programme.”

Alison Welfare-Wilson: “I am honored and excited to be chosen for the 70@70 programme.  It will provide a great opportunity for KMPT to enable us to be able to take a significant step forward in developing a research culture in nurses within KMPT and beyond.  Nurse involvement is crucial to all areas of developing evidence based practice and I aim to encourage nurses across the trust to get involved in research in any way they feel comfortable and to help support their development.”

Kate Jones, Chief Operating Officer, NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Kent, Surrey and Sussex:  “I am delighted that five nurses and midwives from across our region have won a place on the 70@70 research leadership programme and we will  support them to implement benefits locally. I am excited to hear what the national programme entails as this is such an exciting time for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, with research and innovation really getting a boost from the new medical school for Kent and Medway.”

A 70@70 launch event will take place in London on Thursday 9 May 2019, where Louise Wood, Director of Science, Research and Evidence, Department of Health and Social Care, is confirmed as a keynote speaker.  

We will be hearing from our 70@70 representatives over the course of the programme and will share with you updates of their progress and learning.

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