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OBE for Honorary Chair

1 January 2014

Professor Sue Bale OBE, Honorary Chair at the School of Healthcare Sciences

Professor Sue Bale, Research and Development Director at Aneurin Bevan Health Board (ABHB) and Honorary Chair at the School of Healthcare Sciences, was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours for services to nursing and nursing research.

Sue’s career in wound healing spans 29 years and her achievements are many. She has been R&D Director since June 2013 and previously held the post of Assistant Nurse Director (R&D) for 9 years. She leads research within the ABHB, developing strategy and implementing national policy, encouraging participation in research activities, and co-ordinating and overseeing research in the organisation.

Over the course of a decade, Sue worked her way from a Research Assistant post to Director of Nursing Research at the University of Wales, Cardiff and then on to Associate Director of Nursing for Research and Development in what is now the Aneurin Bevan Health Board. Together with Dr Keith Harding, Sue then became part of a small, multi-professional team that established the first and premier clinical wound healing institute in the world – the Wound Healing Research Unit.

Sue’s passion is bridging the gap between academia and practice and she has loved the opportunities her career has presented for working on policy that effects real change in healthcare. She is currently a Council member of the European Wound Management Association, where she leads on communication and is Editor of the Association’s Journal. She has also worked in the Welsh Government for the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales on Clinical Academic Career pathways, developing policy for building research capacity and career paths for nurses and Allied Health Professionals.  More recently, she was seconded to the Wound Healing Research Unit to advise on the plans for developing the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre/Initiative.

In June of this year Sue was appointed (one day a week) as the Director of the South East Wales Academic Health Science Partnership, a collaboration between the six NHS Organisations in South East Wales and Cardiff Met University, Cardiff University and the University of South Wales. It will integrate high quality research and education and enhance the region’s outputs in developing and applying improvements, innovations and health technologies to benefit the health and wealth of the population of Wales.

Of receiving the title, Sue said, “I didn’t expect it at all. I had a letter in the post one day from Her Majesty’s Government and I was just bowled over. I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone until the news had been made public, so it was all very strange.”