This free webinar is held by the QNI’s Community Nursing Research Forum and chaired by Dr Ben Bowers and Professor Gina Awoko Higginbottom MBE.

Gina Awoko Higginbottom was appointed in 2015 as the Mary Seacole Professor of Ethnicity and Community Health at the University of Nottingham – she was the first nurse of BME origin to hold a professorial role in a Russell Group university in England and is now Emeritus Professor.

Ben Bowers is the QNI Community Nursing Research Forum Lead, working with the Queen’s Nursing Institute as a Community Nursing Research Consultant. He practices clinically as a Honorary Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care and leads a programme of community-based end of life care research at the University of Cambridge.


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    Vari is a nurse, health visitor and fellow of the QNI. She has been a director of community nursing and general manager of community health services before moving to University posts. She has conducted research into innovation in the practice and into the workforce of community and public health nursing throughout her career.
  • Finding my path to community-based research: 51 years in the making! with Sarah Ellison, Research and Effectiveness Lead, Neighbourhood Care Group, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS trust.
    Being born with a congenital heart condition has shaped Sarah’s life and nursing career. Through this rollercoaster ride there have been many challenges, but also opportunities which have led her on a 30 year career journey to research that she never expected. Championing research in the community and embedding all aspects of research into practice shows the difference nurses can make.
  • A clinical academic career in community nursing: from an undergraduate district nurse to Professor of Palliative Care and Nursing with Catherine J Evans, Professor of Palliative Care, King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care; and Honorary Nurse Consultant, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.
    Catherine’s journey began with the realisation of the importance of research for clinical care as an undergraduate community nurse. She listened, attentively, to a lecture about how too often older adults present very late with cancer in the advanced stages. The phenomenon had been observed over many years and was presented in neat graphs and compared across European countries. The UK fared as one of the worst. She raised her hand and asked ‘why’. The response, ‘we don’t know’. This led to her first ever research question…

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Date and time

30 March 2023
1-2.30 pm


Online via Zoom

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