RGU Honours Distinguished NurseMonday, 16 July, 2012
Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark, a distinguished nurse who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the nursing profession and healthcare related education and research, received an Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc) on Thursday 12 July at 2.30pm from Robert Gordon University.
Jill qualified as a nurse from University College Hospital in London in the 1960s and worked clinically for several years in gynaecology and practice nursing. She obtained a degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics and then completed her PhD in 1982 with a thesis that focused on nurse patient communication. She then developed a highly successful career in higher education and worked as an academic at the University of London whilst maintaining her engagement in clinical practice. She pioneered the first ever communications course in nursing and became a Professor of Nursing in 1990.
In 1993 she headed up the Nightingale Institute at Kings College London where she facilitated the move and amalgamation of several Schools of Nursing into the University of London. In 1998 Jill moved to the University of Southampton to become the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Health and Life Sciences as well as the Head of School for Nursing and Midwifery. She spearheaded the developments of inter-professional education as part of the New Generation Project and implemented a clinical nursing research strategy which resulted in nursing and midwifery research in Southampton gaining the highest ranking in the 2008 United Kingdom Research Assessment Exercise.
Jill became a Dame of the British Empire in 2000 in recognition of her ground-breaking work in nursing. She has been a past Chair of the Council of Deans for Health, a member of the Secretary of State’s NHS Modernisation Workforce Taskforce and has been a coach to several leading nursing and midwifery academics within higher education. She is currently an Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton as well as Chair of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Academic Research Panel.
She has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, several books and achieved millions of pounds in research funding throughout her career.
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