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15 May 2023

Professor Ruth Harris awarded Royal College of Nursing Fellowship

Ruth Harris, Professor of Health Care for Older Adults, awarded highest honour for members of the Royal College of Nursing

Ruth Harris
Ruth Harris, Professor of Health Care for Older Adults

Professor Ruth Harris from the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care has been awarded a prestigious Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Fellowship. RCN Fellows are inspirational leaders who have made an exceptional contribution to nursing and improving health care.

As a distinguished community of professionals, Fellows are ambassadors of the RCN and work to influence policy, practice, education and research. In doing so, they are leading and influencing change for the benefit of nursing.

Professor Ruth Harris receiving her award at the ceremony in Brighton
Professor Ruth Harris receiving her award at the ceremony in Brighton

I am so delighted and honoured to be awarded an RCN Fellowship, and a little overwhelmed knowing that I had been nominated by a group of my peers. It is the highest award that the College can give, so it is very special. I have been so fortunate to have worked with many brilliant and remarkable colleagues at King’s and elsewhere over my career so far; I am very grateful for their generosity and support. Nursing is a safety critical profession and I’m looking forward to continuing to support the development of nursing and nurses through research, education and policy research.

Professor Ruth Harris

Ruth is a nurse and health service researcher. Her research focuses on understanding how complex nursing and interventions contribute to healthcare delivery, patient outcome, and the patient experience of care, particularly for older people and those with long-term conditions.

Ruth will continue working on projects with the RCN, including contributing to the development of a research strategy, collaborating on an RCN-funded project to explore the impact of nursing research and on the ICON study: an ongoing study of the impact of COVID-19 on the nursing workforce.

Ruth graduated as a registered nurse with a BSc (Hons) at King’s before completing an MSc and PhD. She has worked in a range of research posts in the NHS and academia, these include Deputy/Acting Director of the National Nursing Research Unit at King’s and Professor of Nursing Practice and Innovation at Kingston University and St. George’s, University of London.

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Professor of Healthcare for Older Adults