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Palliative Nursing ‘Researcher of the Year’ winner announced

Author: Leila Hawkins
03 April 2017

Dr Helen Kerr of Queen’s University Belfast has won the International Journal of Palliative Nursing ‘Researcher of the Year’ Award for her research on children with life-shortening conditions transitioning to adult care services.

Last year Helen completed a Doctoral Fellowship that identified the key factors that contribute to an effective transition from children’s to adult services for young adults with life-limiting conditions in Ireland.  It was supported by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care and HSC R&D Public Health Agency.  

As a result of this work Helen was awarded the International Journal of Palliative Nursing ‘Researcher of the Year’ on 24 March, presented by Professor Julia Downing at a ceremony in London.  Helen said:

“I am absolutely delighted with the “Researcher of the Year” award and can already see this will contribute to raising the profile of the need to improve transition services for young adults with life-limiting conditions.” 

The Royal College of Nursing also recognised the importance of this research as Helen was runner up in Northern Ireland’s “Researcher of the Year” in May 2016.  In October last year Helen secured the Florence Nightingale Travel Scholarship award to develop transition guidelines in Northern Ireland. 

Helen also organised and facilitated an all-Ireland Transition workshop in September 2016, working with over 80 services users and service providers to identify the key priorities for action on effective transition.  She is currently involved in research which is developing and evaluating transition interventions.   

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