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Published: 11 March 2019

University of Surrey academic appointed to prestigious advisory board

Following a rigorous selection process, Professor Jill Maben OBE from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey has been appointed to the Engagement Involvement Advisory Board of The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute at the University of Cambridge.


This influential institute brings together patients and experts in the healthcare sector to improve quality and safety in the NHS.  Professor Maben will join this diverse and effective panel to advise how to engage and involve NHS staff and patients in healthcare improvement studies that will enhance care and treatments.

Professor Maben is a renowned expert in the field of nursing, and joined the University in 2017 after a successful career at King’s College London. She has undertaken national and international studies on workforce issues, improving care quality and measuring patient and staff experience. Professor Maben’s work focusses on supporting staff to provide the best possible patient care, and on staff well-being at work.  She has been recognised in the Health Services Journal ‘Top 100 leaders’ in 2013 and included in the Health Service Journal inaugural list of ‘Most Inspirational Women in Healthcare’ that same year, and was awarded an OBE for services to nursing and healthcare in 2014.

Professor Maben also served as an expert advisor to the Prime Minister’s Nursing and Care Quality Forum in 2013, representing the wide-ranging expertise within the former National Nursing Research Unit at King’s College London.

Professor Maben said: “I am delighted to be appointed to the Engagement Involvement Advisory Board of THIS Institute. To improve the NHS we need to work collaboratively, and bring healthcare professionals and patients together to learn how best to improve care and staff working environments. I am looking forward to working with exceptional colleagues and to learning much more about the work of THIS Institute, and to rising to this new challenge.”

Professor Melaine Coward, Head of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey, said: “Congratulations to Jill on this prestigious appointment.  Jill has worked tirelessly to create positive working environments for nurses, and the insight she will give to the board will be invaluable --ultimately improving the experiences of patients in the healthcare sector.”  

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