10 Churchill Fellowships awarded to nurses and health professionals

Published: 8 Apr 2016

10 Churchill Fellowships awarded to nurses and health professionals

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has just awarded 10 Travelling Fellowships to people working in the medical professions.

With the NHS under increasing pressure to find savings without compromising on patient experience, there is a real need for fresh perspectives on existing problems.

The Churchill Fellows will investigate approaches that have had a positive impact on a range of healthcare issues, returning with new solutions that benefit their profession and communities here in the UK.

This is the third year of a partnership with the Royal College of Nursing, The Burdett Trust and The FoNS Centre for Nursing Innovation.

During this time 33 Fellowships have been awarded, an investment of almost £200,000 in British citizens. Past projects include research into child protection, bereavement counselling and art therapy.

This year’s award winners include:

Professor Alison Leary, from Southwark, who is Chair of Healthcare and Workforce Modelling at South Bank University. She will be travelling to Switzerland and the USA to find out what healthcare can learn from other safety critical industries.

Jennifer Calvert, who is the children's diabetes dietitian for Nottinghamshire. She will be going to Canada to explore ways of improving transition services for young people with type 1 diabetes.

Thembi Moyo, a clinical nurse specialist from London, who will be going to Malawi and South Africa to research making savings in HIV care delivery.

Karen Titchener, from Chichester, who is Deputy Head of Nursing and Clinical Lead at Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust. She will be going to Australia to investigate the international evidence from Hospital in the Home.

Justine Sweet, from Tadworth, who is Head of Audiology, ENT and Oral Services with Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She will be going to the USA to look into improving care for people with hearing loss, tinnitus and dementia.

Senga Cree, from Prestwick, who is the National Lead for NHS Scotland's Musculoskeletal & Ortho Programme. She will be travelling to Japan and the USA to research the development of an arthroplasty rehabilitation framework.

Anna Magnowska, a palliative care clinical nurse specialist from London, who will be going to Canada and the USA to research creating legacy projects with patients in hospital, hospice and home.

Dr Sheila Marriott, from West Bridgford, who is a Regional Director for the Royal College of Nursing. She will be going to the USA to study how community action can increase awareness of public health.

Janice Lobban, a senior art psychotherapist from Guildford, who will be going to the USA to investigate art therapy for military veterans with PTSD.

Nicola Meredith, a specialist immunisation nurse from Cardiff, who will be travelling to New Zealand to look into ways of improving the flu vaccine uptake in healthcare workers.

Julia Weston, Chief Executive of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust said:

“Churchill Fellows travel globally and return with innovative ideas and a commitment to sharing their findings to help others in the UK. Our hope is that these projects will bring practical, positive solutions to some of the big issues that health practitioners in the UK are currently facing.”

Notes to Editors:

The Royal College of Nursing

The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies. Through the partnership, the RCN will help disseminate best nursing practice and lessons learnt from Fellowships in the Medicine, Health & Patient Care category.

The Burdett Trust

The aim of the partnership is to improve the health and well-being of patients, a key element of the Medicine, Health & Patient Care category. The Burdett Trust makes grants in support of nurse-led projects, using its funds to empower nurses and make significant improvements to the patient care environment.

FoNS Centre for Nursing Innovation

FoNS Centre for Nursing Innovation has an excellent reputation at the forefront of nursing and operates UK wide and across all healthcare settings. FoNS is dedicated to working with nurses and healthcare teams to develop and share innovative ways of improving practice. The goal is to provide care that is high quality, evidence-based and meets the needs of patients. The partnership with FoNS will help ensure that Churchill Fellows' findings are disseminated and implemented appropriately.