press release
Published: 30 June 2017

Professor Jill Maben joins the University of Surrey

The School of Health Sciences is very pleased to announce that Professor Jill Maben OBE will be joining them in September 2017 as a Professor in Nursing.

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Professor Maben, who received her OBE for her services to nursing and healthcare in 2014, joins the University of Surrey from her current role at Kings College, where she is Professor of Nursing Research.

Areas of her research include national and international studies on workforce issues, improving care quality and measuring patient experience.

Professor Maben is passionate about creating positive practice environments for NHS staff and supporting nurses in the work they do caring for patients. Her programme of research has highlighted how ideals and values of new nursing students can become compromised in poor work environments and has highlighted the links between staff experiences of work and patient experiences of care.

Melaine Coward, Head of School of Health Sciences, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Jill has chosen the University of Surrey as the next step in her illustrious career.

“She has rightly been recognised both personally and professionally for her commitment to nursing, by conducting research that has and will continue to create positive working environments for nurses, which will improve the lives of both nurses and their patients.”

Professor Maben said: “I am delighted to be joining the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey at such an exciting time. I look forward to working with new colleagues to further develop research capacity and support students and nursing colleagues in the important work that they do. Working at the University of Surrey presents fantastic opportunities for developing my research – it’s an organisation going places and I am excited by my new appointment.”

Professor Maben undertook nurse training at Addenbrookes hospital, Cambridge, gaining a State Registered Nurse qualification. She was subsequently awarded a BA in History by University College London, an MSc in Nursing by King’s College London and a PhD by the University of Southampton.

Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Professor Maben joined the National Nursing Research Unit as Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director in April 2007. She was appointed Director in January 2011 and spent four years heading up the unit.

Professor Maben was in the Health Services Journal ‘Top 100 leaders’ in 2013 and was also included in the Health Service Journal’s inaugural list of Most Inspirational Women in Healthcare that year. She was expert advisor to the Prime Minister’s Nursing and Care Quality Forum in 2013, representing the wide ranging expertise within the National Nursing Research Unit.

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