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Professor Jackie Bridges appointed NIHR Senior Investigator

Published: 16 March 2023
Professor Jackie Bridges
Professor Jackie Bridges

Jackie Bridges, a Professor of Older People’s Care in the School of Health Sciences has been appointed a National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator in recognition of her outstanding research within the important area of older people’s care and support. Her term will last until March 2027.

Professor Bridges joins a number of fellow NIHR Senior Investigator appointees at the School, including Professor Maria Stokes, Professor of Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Professor Catherine Bowen, Professor of Podiatry,  Professor Peter Griffiths, Chair in Health Services Research and Emeritus Professor Anne Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Medical Sociology & Health Systems Implementation.

Her programme of work focuses on the organisation and delivery of health care to older people with complex needs. A nurse by background, she leads a major programme of research focused on professional work and organisational change related to older people's care. Jackie leads Ageing and Dementia research in the School of Health Sciences and in NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Wessex. She is also National Lead for Ageing and Dementia, NIHR ARCs.

Professor Bridges comments, “I am very honoured to join a list of distinguished researchers funded by the NIHR and very proud that the work that we are doing at Southampton is leading the way in informing high quality health and care provision for older people living with complex health needs. This award is not just for me, but also for my talented team that have supported the growth of our programme of research, and for the people who have guided and taken part in our research, making sure it is relevant and impactful.”

NIHR Senior Investigators are among the most prominent and prestigious researchers funded by the NIHR and the most outstanding leaders of patient and people-based research within the NIHR research community.  Senior Investigators receive a discretionary award of £20,000 per year of appointment to fund activities that support their research. Funding is awarded for four year appointments on the recommendation of an independent Selection Committee.

As senior members of the NIHR Academy, they help guide research capacity development and enhance the career paths of our researchers. This includes participating as mentors in the NIHR mentoring programme and supporting the NIHR Future-Focused Leadership Programme as guest faculty members.

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