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UCLan children’s nursing professor awarded for contribution to healthcare support

24 June 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Professor Bernie Carter recognised through international award  

UCLan Professor of Children’s Nursing Bernie Carter accepts her awards from Professor Sir Jonathan Asbridge, President and Chairman of the Council of the European Society for Person–Centred Healthcare (ESPCH).

 

A professor of children’s nursing from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been recognised for her long-standing work in researching with children and their families about their experiences of illness, disability and their encounters within the healthcare system.

Professor Bernie Carter has won the Presidential Medal for Excellence in Person-centred Healthcare by the European Society for Person–Centred Healthcare (ESPCH). The Society aims to promote the re-personalisation of health services through increasing the focus on care, comfort and humanist values.

Professor Carter, who has worked at UCLan since 2000 and is also Director of the Children’s Nursing Research Unit (CNRU) at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said she was “delighted to have won this prestigious award” in acknowledgement of her commitment to ensuring that children’s voices and agency are integral to all areas of their healthcare experience.

“Working and researching with children and families to try and improve services and to gain deeper insight into their experiences of health and illness is a real privilege."

The leader of the Families, Children and Life Transitions Research Group at UCLan was also applauded for focusing on child-centred approaches to caring for children and their families and for her work in developing child-centred methods for engaging children in research.

She commented: “Working and researching with children and families to try and improve services and to gain deeper insight into their experiences of health and illness is a real privilege. Being awarded a medal for doing this, is like the icing on the cake."

Professor Carter is committed to ensuring that the findings of high quality research inform practice and enhance the support of children and their families.

“Like so many achievements it would not have been possible without the skills, knowledge and talents of the inspirational international scholars and children’s nurses with whom I work.”

Professor Carter is committed to ensuring that the findings of high quality research inform practice and enhance the support of children and their families.

The award was presented as the (ESPCH) society’s Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony at the Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid, Spain, by Professor Sir Jonathan Asbridge, President and Chairman of the Council of the ESPCH.