Two new appointments to lead research at RNOH

Research and Innovation

We are very pleased to announce two important appointments as we continue to expand our academic profile and output. Mr John Skinner has been appointed as the new RNOH Research and Innovation Centre Director and Dr Suzanne Bench has been appointed as Associate Professor of Nursing.

John Skinner has now been a Consultant at Stanmore since 1999, initially as Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics at the UCL Institute of Musculoskeletal Science, with an Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon contract at the RNOH since 2003. He has collaborated and published with more than 200 co-authors worldwide and mentored and supervised several MD theses and supervised research projects for trainees, medical students and other researchers. John has also contributed to work at the RNOH by taking various leadership roles, such as chairing the Infection Control Committee for 11 years and the Medical Staff Committee for five years. Nationally, he chairs the Joint BOA –MHRA Expert Advisory Group on Metal Bearing Hips and has been President of the British Hip Society. He is on the council of the British Orthopaedic Association and the Editorial Board of the Bone and Joint Journal.

Professor Alister Hart, who has overseen the expansion in this area over the last few years, will continue as a Deputy Director, continuing his leadership contribution to the London Implant Retrieval Centre and input into the UCL Biomedical Research Centre status of RNOH. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Hart for his contribution to the significant expansion of formally recognised academic activities and status at RNOH.

Dr Suzanne Bench's appointment as Associate Professor of Nursing is done in conjunction with London South Bank University.

Dr Bench has an extensive critical care background and her research interests include patient and carer experience of the care environment, transition and critical care. In addition to this, she has recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in improvement science at Kings Improvement Science and this year was awarded the most active post-doctoral researcher by South London CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care). This role has been enabled with the valued support of the RNOH Charity.

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