Vivien Coates commenced her new post as a Florence Nightingale Foundation Professor of Clinical Nursing Practice on 1st March 2016, joining a network of such professors across the United Kingdom. She was jointly appointed between Ulster University, the Western Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland and the Florence Nightingale Foundation.
Her work in Northern Ireland has focussed upon education and research relating to the management of chronic illness and in particular, that of diabetes. She is interested in this subject both from the perspectives of those who live with a chronic condition and from health care professionals who work in this clinical arena. She currently has several externally funded research programmes relating to the education of those with diabetes. In terms of teaching, she was responsible for developing diabetes education from diploma to postgraduate levels. Vivien developed and ran the only course for Diabetes Nurse Specialists in Northen Ireland and the first one leading to a recordable qualification with the NMC in the UK. She was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in 2003.
The Western Health and Social Care trust provides acute and community services to a resident population of approximately 293,000 people and employs almost 4000 nurses. In the Trust, as Assistant Director for Nursing responsible for R&D activity, she lead a strategic plan to enhance the promotion and use of evidence based practice in nursing and midwifery.
Professor Coates leads the Research Centre ‘Managing Chronic Illness; is Co-Chair of the NI Clinical Research Network for Diabetes and of the Translational Research Group, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition; Chair of the NI Diabetes Nurse Study Group & Senior Editor: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports. She reviews research papers for a range of journals and serves on several grant awarding panels.
Vivien was appointed on 1st March 2016.