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Professor Fiona Ross CBE

Professor of Primary Care Nursing at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London

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Fiona Ross is a professor of primary care nursing at the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences run by Kingston University and St George's, University of London and Director of Research for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. She has a nursing degree from Edinburgh University, a PhD from King's College London and has worked as a nurse in primary care in a variety of clinical and academic posts. In 1996, she was appointed to the first chair in primary care nursing at St George's through its partnership with Kingston University and went on to become Director of the National Nursing Research Unit at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London.

Professor Ross' latest research focuses on leadership of practice disciplines in universities, improving nursing and healthcare of older people - mainly in primary care settings - patient and service user involvement in research and shifting professional boundaries and collaborative practice. These studies include research funded by NIHR SDO, using a case study approach to explore the professional experience of governance and incentives in primary care.

Professor Ross was the founding director of the SWan Interprofessional Institute. She is a visiting professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, visiting associate professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University and has previously served as an expert advisor on the Prime Minister's Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery. She is currently education lead for the South London Health Innovation Network, which encompasses 12 London boroughs, 14 NHS Trusts, seven universities and 12 clinical commissioning groups serving a population of three million people. She was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year's Honours list in recognition for her contribution to healthcare and higher education.

Professor Ross is also a fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences, co-editor of respected fourth edition textbook Nursing Older People and has previously served as joint editor-in-chief of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. She is president of the International Collaboration of Community Nursing Research, chair of the London Higher Healthcare Education Group and a trustee of Princess Alice Hospice.


Year gained Subject
1987 PhD Nursing Studies, KIngs's College, London.
1975 Registered General Nurse, University of Edinburgh.
1975 District Nursing Certificate, University of Edinburgh and the Panel of Assessors for District Nursing.
1973 BSc Social Science/Nursing, University of Edinburgh.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2006 Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University and St George's, University of London.
2002 - 2005 Director, Nursing Research Unit, King's College London.
1996 - 2002 Director of Primary Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, St. George's Hospital Medical School and Kingston University
1993 - 1996 Acting sub-dean, Nursing Studies, St George's Hospital Medical School
1990 - 1995 Senior Lecturer in Primary Care Nursing, Division of General Practice and Primary Care, St. George's Hospital Medical School.
1983 - 1989 Queen's Nursing Institute Lecturer in Community Nursing, Department of Nursing Studies,Chelsea/King's College, London University
1980 - 1983 District Nursing Sister/Research (joint appointment),Department of General Practice.
1976 - 1980 Variety of clinical posts in community and palliative care.


Edited books:

Redfern S; Ross F (eds) (2006). Nursing Older People. 4th Edition. Elsevier Press, Edinburgh.

Chapters in edited books:

  • Victor C; Ross F; Axford J (2008). Capturing lay perspectives in a randomized control trial of health promotion packages for people with osteoarthritis of the knee. In: Plano Clark V; Creswell J (eds). Mixed Methods Reader. Sage.
  • Redfern S; Ross F; McLaren S; Christian S (2006). Pathways to innovation in health care. In: Casebeer A; Harrison A (eds). Innovation in Health Care: A Reality Check. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Redfern S, Ross F (2006). Introduction. In: Redfern S, Ross F, editors. Nursing Older People. 4th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier
  • Ross F; Redfern S (2006). Reflections. In: Redfern S and Ross F (eds). Nursing Older People. 4th Edition, Elsevier Press, Edinburgh.
  • Ross F; Victor C (2005). Health and social care of older people. In: Redfern S and Ross F (eds). Nursing Older People. 4th Edition, Elsevier Press, Edinburgh.
  • Ross F; O' Tuathail C (2005). Assessment of Older People. In: Redfern S and Ross F (eds). Nursing Older People. 4th Edition, Elsevier Press, Edinburgh.

Journal articles:

Lui M., Lee D., Greenwood N., Ross F. (accepted for publication) Informal stroke caregivers' self-appraised problem solving abilities as a predictor of wellbeing and perceived social support. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 

Ross,F., Harris R., Christian S (2011), The impact of nursing innovation in the context of governance and incentives. Journal of Research in Nursing 16 (3) 274-294.

Ross F (2010),  Poor organisational cultures erode compassionate care. Nursing Times, 22 August 2010.

Morrow E, Ross F, Grocott P, Bennett J (2010). A model and measure of quality service user involvement in health research. International Journal of Consumer Studies, (34) pp 532-539.

Harris R, Bennett J, Davey B, Ross F (2010). Flexible working and the contribution of nurses in mid-life to the workforce: A qualitative study10Opens new window. International Journal of Nursing Studies 47(4), pp418-426

Smith P, Pearson PH, Ross F (2009). Emotions at work: what is the link to patient and staff safety? Implications for nurse managers in the NHS. Journal of Nursing Management (17) 230-237

Smith E, Donovan S, Beresford P, Manthorpe J, Brearley S, Sitzia J, Ross F (2009). Getting ready for user involvement in a systematic review. Health Expectations (12) 197-208

Axford J, Heron CW, Ross F, Victor C (2008). Management of knee osteoarthritis in primary care: pain and depression are the major obstacles. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 64 (5): 461-467

Ross F (2008). Policy and practice: Is nursing ready for an ageing population? Generations Review - Newsletter of the British Society of Gerontology 18(3)

Vernon S, Ross F (2008). Participation in community exercise classes: barriers to access. British Journal of Community Nursing 12(2):89-92

Smith E; Ross F; Donovan S; Manthorpe J; Brearley S; Sitzia J; Beresford P (2008). Service user involvement in nursing, midwifery and health visiting research: A review of evidence and practice. International Journal of Nursing Studies 45(2) 298-315

Barr H, Ross F (2007). Working together for health. Journal of Interprofessional Care 21(1):1-2

Ross F (2007).The journey to publication. Journal of Interprofessional Care 21(2):125-8

Richards S, Donovan S, Victor C, Ross F (2007).Standing secure amidst a falling world? Practitioner understandings of old age in response to a case vignette. Journal of Interprofessional Care 21(3):335-49.

Smith E; Ross F (2007). Service user involvement and integrated care pathways. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance 20 (3) 195-214

Yeung S; Lui HLM; Ross F; Murrells T (2007). Family carers in stroke care: examining the relationship between problem-solving, depression and general health. Journal of Clinical Nursing 16 (2) 344-52

Lui MHL; Lee DTF; Ross F; Yeung S (2006). Psychometric Evaluation of the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale in Chinese Poststroke Older Adults. Journal of Nursing Scholarship 38 (4) 366-9

Barr H; Ross F (2006). Mainstreaming interprofessional education in the United Kingdom: A position paper. Journal of Interprofessional Care 20 (2): 96-104

Smith E; Ross F; Donovan S (2005). Current issues for service user involvement in primary care.  National Association of Primary Care.  Biannual Review.

Ross F; Corbett K (2005). Primary care nursing: education for chaning roles and boundarires. Education for Primary Care 16 (3): 246-255

Donovan S; Ross F; Smith E (2005). Circles of learning: using the world café method to build knowledge on service user involvement. Education in Primary Care 16: 85-86

Ross F; Donovan S; Brearley S; Victor C; Cottee M; Crowther P; Clark E (2005). Involving older people in research: methodological issues. Health and Social Care in the Community 13 (3): 268-275

Ross F; O'Tuathail C; Stubberfield D (2005). Towards multi-disciplinary assessment of older people: exploring the change process, Journal of Clinical Nursing 14 (4): 518-529

Smith E; Ross F; Mackenzie A; Masterson A (2005). Developing a service user framework to shape priorities for nursing and midwifery research. Journal of Research in Nursing 10 (1): 107-118

Smith E; Ross F; Donovan S (2005). No white coats - patient and public involvement in nursing and midwifery research.  PPI Monitor. 14-15

Lui MH; Ross F; Thompson DR (2005). Supporting family caregivers in stroke care: a review of the evidence for problem solving. Stroke 36 (11): 2514-2522

Ross F; Harris R (2005). Can interprofessional education make a difference in the care of people with chronic disease? Chronic Illness 1 (1): 81-86

Ross F (2004). Learning to involve patients. Education for Primary Care 15 (3): 411

Victor CR; Ross F; Axford J (2004). Capturing lay perspectives in a randomised control trial of a health promotion intervention for people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 10 (1): 63-70

Mackenzie AE; Lee TFD; Ross F (2004). The context, measures and outcomes of psychosocial care interventions in long-term health care for older people. International Journal of Nursing Practice 10 (1): 39-44.

Ross F; Smith E; Mackenzie AE; Masterson A (2004). Identifying Research priorities in nursing and midwifery services delivery and organisation: a scoping exercise. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 41 (5): 547-558.

Goodman C; Ross F; Mackenzie AE et al (2003). A Portrait of District Nursing: its contribution to primary health care. The Journal of Interprofessional Care 17 (1): 97-108.

Furne A; Ross F; Smith F (2003). Supporting organisational change through learning sets for primary organisations: putting the KARM before the STORM. Education for Primary Care 14 (3): 355-359

Smith E; Ross F; Webb P; Cranston A; Ross G (2003). The Missing Link: the challenges of building trust and connections in managed healthcare networks. Healthcare Management December: 16-17

Ross F; McLaren S; Redfern S; Warwick C (2002). Partnerships for Changing Practice: Lessons from the South Thames Evidence-based Practice Project (STEP).NT Research. 6 (5): 817-827

McLaren S; Ross F; Redfern SJ; Christian S (2002). Leading opinion and management change in complex organisations: Findings from the South Thames evidence-based project. NT Research 7 (6): 444-448

Ross F; Vernon S; Smith E (2002). Mapping research priorities in Primary Care Nursing: Current Activity and Future Priorities. Nursing Times Research 7: 46-57

Furne A; Rink P; Ross F (2001) The integrated nursing team in primary care: views and experiences of participants exploring ownership, objectives and a team orientation. Primary Health Care Research and Development 2 (3): 187-193

Furne A; Ross F; Holdaway K; Marshall-Lucette S; Mohammed N (2001). Providing multi-agency work-based education for clinical governance. Clinical Governance Bulletin 2 (3): 6-7

Conference Highlights

Professor Ross is an accomplished conference presenter, regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Professional Body Membership

Most recent memberships have included:

2012: Fellow of the Queen's Nursing Institute;

2010: Chair of London Higher Healthcare Education Group;

2005 - to date: Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science;

2009 - 2010:   Expert Advisor to  Prime Minister's Commission on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery;

2009 - to date:   Member of the NIHR SDO Commissioning Board for Research;

2004 - 2005: Member of the Executive Committee of Association of Research Centres and Institutes in Social Sciences;

2004 -  to date: Member of the advisory group for the Centre for Research in Primary Care (CRIPAC) at University of Hertfordshire;

2001 - 2005:  Observer (representing the Royal College of Nursing) on the Royal College of General Practitioners Research Group;

2001 - to date: Member of the Executive Committee of International Conferences in Community Health Nursing Research;

1980 - to date: Royal College of Nursing Research Society.




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