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19 June 2023

Professor Christine Norton awarded an MBE in King's 2023 Birthday Honours

Professor Christine Norton awarded an MBE in King’s 2023 Birthday Honours for services to nursing research.

Christine Norton
Professor Christine Norton

The Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care is delighted that Professor Christine Norton has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in King Charles III’s Birthday Honours List, for her services to nursing research.

I am proud of the excellence and the strength of our global community, and am delighted to congratulate those honoured this year.

Professor Shitij Kapur, President & Principal of King’s College London

A Registered Nurse who has specialised in helping people with incontinence, Professor Norton’s research concentrates on improving symptoms and quality of life for people with chronic bowel conditions. She leads a National Institute for Health and Care Research programme on managing fatigue, pain and incontinence in Inflammatory Bowel Disease called the IBD-Boost Programme.

I am delighted to be receiving this honour for my contribution to nursing research, which too often is the poor relation to medical research. Nurses are the largest workforce in the NHS and we can make a tremendous difference to symptom management and quality of life for our patients. However, the care nurses deliver needs to be based on sound research evidence. I am proud that our research, which is always a team effort rather than an individual effort, has been recognised as making a difference.

Professor Christine Norton

Most of Professor Norton’s 47-year nursing career has been devoted to developing services for people with urinary and faecal incontinence in the NHS and in the charitable sector. She founded, and was the first Director of the charity, the Continence Foundation.

Professor Norton chaired the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline on faecal incontinence and has published extensively in a range of nursing and medical journals. She has also mentored a number of nurses to develop as clinical academics. Her other research interests include managing constipation, management of neurogenic bowel symptoms and nurse-led interventions for incontinence.

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Christine Norton

Professor of Clinical Nursing Research