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Mark Stafford-Watson: Tributes to a friend and colleague

12 December 2017

It is with great sadness that we have to say that our colleague and friend Mark Stafford-Watson has died. His work and dedication have achieved so much, and we are proud and sad at the same time. Our thoughts are with his family.

Since the sad news on Sunday, his friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to Mark and his work. Here are just a few of those tributes:

Sarah Williams from Solent NHS R & D, on Mark's campaigning for patient involvement in research:

"Flew the flag with humour, patience, support, wisdom and true friendship - will miss you x"

Claire Ballinger who worked with Mark for many years on patient involvement:

"A funny, self deprecating, wise and insightful friend."

Denise Mills-Goodlet, consultant Physiotherapist, Southampton:

"I’ve known Mark for many years a true gent and an amazing ambassador for patient involvement. Very sad news"

Kate Gillet, Respiratory nurse specialist at CLAHRC Wessex:

"No words for how sad this is. Mark was dedicated and selfless and will be greatly missed.Thinking of his family at this sad time. Rest in peace x"

The CLAHRC Nursing team

"Rest in peace Mark. You were an inspiration to us and will be greatly missed."

Anya De Iongh, Fellow patient champion and campaigner for person centred care:

"Such sad news and a great loss to everyone who knew him - he was so brilliant, smart and kind. My thoughts are with his family"

If you would like to pay tribute to Mark, then we have a facebook post in honour of his work - click here.

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