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Dr Ben Bowers received the Queen’s Nursing Institute’s Award for Outstanding Service today, in recognition of his person-centred approach and leadership in advancing care for patients and families at home. 

His award for Outstanding Service recognises that Ben’s clinical practice, leadership and research have already had an enduring impact on improving person-centred care. 

Ben is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group, University of Cambridge, and a Post-Doctoral Associate at Jesus College Cambridge. 

In five years, Ben has built his clinical academic career from scratch, starting his NIHR Clinical Fellowship in 2017 and completing his PhD on anticipatory prescribing this year, having been awarded a Studentship from the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. He has now secured a Wellcome Post-Doctoral Fellowship to work on the next stages of his research into end-of-life symptom management. 

Professor Bee Wee, NHS England National Clinical Director for End-of-Life Care, described Ben’s doctoral research investigating anticipatory prescribing care as “ground-breaking” and “highly insightful”. 

Ben has been a Queen’s nurse since 2009 and he remains a senior Community Palliative Care Nurse in Cambridgeshire, advocating on patients’ behalf and facilitating high quality care at home. 

“I’m thrilled to be awarded the QNI Award for Outstanding Service. Facilitating person-centred care and evidence-based practice in the community is both a great honour and hugely fulfilling’. – Dr Ben Bowers, PELiCam, University of Cambridge 

Ben is helping other nurses and researchers in their clinical academic careers, coaching early-career nurses and medical colleagues and co-chairing the University of Cambridge Qualitative Research Forum. Ben is an editorial board member for the British Journal of Community Nursing and International Journal of Nursing Studies, and he offers support to community nurses across the UK through the Community Nursing Research Forum, which he co-founded. 

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About Dr Ben Bowers 

Queries: Lucy Lloyd, Communications, Primary Care Unit