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Dr Ben Bowers collects Outstanding Service Award from Queen’s Nursing Institute

Postdoctoral Associate Dr Ben Bowers has received the Queen’s Nursing Institute’s (QNI) Award for Outstanding Service in appreciation of his person-centred approach and leadership in advancing care for patients and families at home.

The award recognises that Ben’s clinical practice, leadership, and research have already had an enduring impact on improving person-centred care.

Ben is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group in the University of Cambridge. He helps other nurses and researchers in their clinical academic careers, coaching early-career nurses and medical colleagues, and co-chairing the University of Cambridge Qualitative Research Forum. Ben is an editorial board member for the British Journal of Community Nursing and International Journal of Nursing Studies, and he offers support to community nurses across the UK through the Community Nursing Research Forum, which he co-founded.

Ben has been a Queen’s Nurse since 2009 and is a senior Community Palliative Care Nurse in Cambridgeshire, advocating on patients’ behalf and facilitating high quality care at home.

In five years, he built his clinical academic career from scratch. Ben started his National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Clinical Fellowship in 2017 and completed his PhD on anticipatory prescribing this year, having been awarded a Studentship from the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. He has now secured a Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on the next stages of his research into end-of-life symptom management.

Professor Bee Wee, NHS England National Clinical Director for End-of-Life Care, described Ben’s doctoral research investigating anticipatory prescribing care as “ground-breaking” and “highly insightful”.
Ben said: “I’m thrilled to be awarded the QNI Award for Outstanding Service. Facilitating person-centred care and evidence-based practice in the community is both a great honour and hugely fulfilling”.

This is based on an article originally published by the University of Cambridge’s Primary Care Unit. It is reproduced under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.