Professor Lesley Baillie, PhD, MSc, BA(Hons), RNT, RGN: Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair of Clinical Nursing Practice at London South Bank University and University College London Hospitals
Lesley was appointed Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair of Clinical Nursing Practice in 2012, a joint post between London South Bank University (LSBU), University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Florence Nightingale Foundation. This was the first post of this kind but there is now a network of Florence Nightingale Foundation chairs in similar joint posts.
In August 2015, Lesley was appointed Director of the Centre for Nurse and Midwife-led Research and Honorary Professor at University College London. Lesley chairs UCLH's research strategy group for nurses and midwives and is the lead for the integrated care research theme, working closely with her deputy lead Dr Sofia Llahana and other colleagues at UCLH. Lesley coordinates a forum for UCLH staff who are studying for doctorates at a variety of universities. She acts as a resource for UCLH staff who have practice development and research project ideas and aims to promote and encourage nurse-led research and to support nurses' academic development. At LSBU, Lesley is the Course Director for the Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care and for supervising PhD, professional doctorate and Master's degree students who are conducting their own research, some of whom are UCLH staff.
Lesley's nursing background is in acute hospital care and she has a particular interest in quality care and dignity for older people, improving care for people living with dementia and integrated care. Lesley's PhD thesis (completed 2007) was a qualitative case study of patient dignity in an acute hospital. Lesley has published in a range of academic and professional journals, particularly on the topic of dignity in care. She co-edited 'Dignity in Healthcare: a practical approach for nurses and midwives', published in 2011 and recently published a new book entitled 'Professional Values in Nursing'. Lesley's recent and current research includes: care transitions for frail older people from acute hospital wards an evaluation of an educational initiative to improve dementia awareness in an NHS Trust, an investigation of short versus long day shifts in older people's wards, and developing and evaluating an interprofessional simulation course to better prepare staff for care transitions of older people with complex needs. To read click here
Lesley is on the editorial board for Nurse Researcher and regularly reviews journal articles and funding applications for the NIHR and other funding bodies. Lesley is always happy to be contacted by UCLH staff for informal discussions to discuss research ideas, practice ideas and evaluation, and academic development and hopes to help more nurses and midwives at UCLH with their research aspirations.