Ed is a Senior Charge Nurse in the Emergency Department at King’s College Hospital and a PhD student at Kings. When he began his PhD, he successfully applied for a bursary through the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Foundation’s Worshipful Company of Needlemakers Grant scheme and the funding has helped him start off his career in clinical academic research.
I was very, very pleased...and a little bit surprised, when I had an email to say I’d been successful – and received some money to help start off my PhD journey. It gave me the time to develop a very strong research proposal for my PhD research study. And that’s very much rooted in patient care and improving patient care.– Ed Baker, Senior Charge Nurse and King's PhD student
Ed’s PhD is investigating the long-term functional outcomes and development of unresolved pain in major trauma patients with blunt thoracic injury. From the evidence base of his work, he has been able to influence patient care, ensuring that good access is provided for trauma patients requiring interventions after blunt thoracic injury.
His success so far has earned him an RCN Foundation Impact Award. The national awards are given annually to nursing professionals who have achieved outstanding impact with activities funded by the RCN Foundation.