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Cancer care expert appointed Professor of Nursing

An expert in supporting cancer patients has been appointed Professor of Nursing jointly by Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Manchester's School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work. Professor Kinta Beaver has a distinguished career in researching ways to provide better support and information to people with cancer, and developing and evaluating innovative ways of providing follow-up care post treatment. She began her career as a nurse at the Victoria Hospital in Blackpool in 1984, before taking up a research post at the University of Liverpool in 1991. She was previously a senior research fellow at the University of Manchester. Her collaborative work with colleagues in Malaysia and Australia led to a publication that received the 'Cancer Nursing' annual research award for best paper in 2005. Professor Beaver's research has also focused on providing services for people with terminal illness, meeting palliative care needs and improving the way research findings are shared with cancer nurses and put into practice. In 2001 Professor Beaver was awarded a Special Training Fellowship in Health Services Research by the Medical Research Council. The award enabled her to develop innovative ideas on follow-up care for women with breast cancer. As a result, she has recently been awarded a grant by Cancer Research UK to lead a pilot project on follow-up care for people with colorectal cancer. Based in the Trust's Research and Innovation Division, Kinta Beaver will work closely with the Trust's directors of adult and children's nursing, researchers across the Central Manchester hospitals and with partner organisations to develop research projects led by nurses. She will also head a programme of patient-centred research focusing initially on survivorship issues for cancer patients and follow-up service provision for patients with different chronic diseases. Commenting on her new role, Kinta Beaver said: "This is a very exciting time to be involved with the Trust as it drives forward with a strong research agenda, aimed at establishing the Trust as an international leader for research. Nurses can play a key role in building this international reputation, undertaking research that will provide clear benefits for patients and their families as well as the NHS in general. I look forward to forging strong collaborative working relationships with colleagues across the Trust and being part of the newly created Research and Innovation Division." Professor Beaver holds a bachelors degree in psychology, a masters in research and a doctorate in nursing, and has written extensively for leading journals on providing support for cancer patients and involving them in decision-making. She is also a regular speaker at major national and international conferences on cancer care and other areas of nursing. Welcoming her, Trust Chairman Peter Mount said: "Kinta is the first senior appointment to be made by our newly established Research and Innovation division and many more are planned. Attracting experts of her calibre helps to reinforce the importance of research and teaching within our clinical services, and will undoubtedly bring great benefits to our patients." The Dean of the University's Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, Professor Alan North, said: "I am delighted with this, the first of many appointments through the Research and Innovation division. Kinta Beaver's outstanding body of work has had an immense impact on patients' lives and illustrates perfectly why the division was founded: to ensure nursing science achieves significant results in the clinical setting."