Faith Gibson is a Clinical Professor of Children’s and Young People’s Cancer Care at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and London South Bank University. She leads the Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research and Evidenced Based Practice.
Faith Gibson has over 25 years experience in children’s cancer nursing which includes periods in clinical practice, education and now research. She took up her current post, which is a joint appointment between Great Ormond Street Hospital and London South Bank University, in September 2009. Her main fields of research and supervision include:
Improving process and outcomes of care for children/young people with cancer and their families, revealing insights and experiences of care from the child/young person and family perspective from diagnosis and onwards, e.g. delay in diagnosis, user involvement in research, evaluating care delivery, patient reported outcomes.
Improving assessment and management of symptoms, symptom interventions and development of clinical guidelines, e.g. oral stomatitis, nausea and vomiting, quality of life, pain and fatigue.
Understanding and improving survivorship care, self-care, models of care delivery, transition.
Improving skills of the nursing workforce to deliver cancer care, development and evaluation of clinical roles, clinical competencies, e.g. specialist nurses, advancing practice roles, consultant nurses.
She has been influential in the expansion of the research evidence base for children’s cancer nursing. She has presented at national and international conferences, and has edited three textbooks and published over 80 publications.
Faith is a narrative researcher, with skills using a range of qualitative and participatory research methods. She also has an interest in ethics, and the use of technology in both health care and research. Faith continues to play an important and influential role in developing practice, through leadership and research, in the care of children and young people being treated for cancer.