RGN, PGDip Respiratory Disease Managment
Director of Research Governance
I trained in Oxford as a Registered General Nurse in 1980 and have worked in a variety of research and managerial posts.
My career in research commenced in 2000 when I worked for Imperial College, London on a cross sectional epidemiology study which looked at the effects of air and traffic pollution on children's and older adults respiratory function. In 2004 I worked as a Trial Manager at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit on a large multicentre, international Randomised Controlled Study of dexamethasone in neonatal chronic lung disease. I also worked as a Senior Trial Manager in the University of Oxford Primary Care Dept. supporting a portfolio of studies looking at infectious diseases in children. From 2012 I worked as a Clinical Operations Manager at NHS Blood & Transplant and in 2013 was appointed as Head of Clinical Operations within this organisation, my role involved managing all the research staff and associated clinical trials within their Clinical Trials Unit which is based at the John Radcliffe and Addenbrookes Hospitals.
My management career has spanned over 12 years working for both the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. I have managed large adult community based services including multidisciplinary teams of health and social care professionals across Older People and Adult Community Services. I project managed the implementation of a community based service which enables patients where appropriate, to be treated in a local Emergency Multidisciplinary Assessment Unit rather than transfer to the acute trust, and also managed one of the first Hospital at Home Services in the UK, allowing patients to receive 'acute care' in their own home.
My current role involves supporting Chief and Principal Investigators in the on-going management of their studies ensuring they are operating within their approvals and permissions. I also manage the research midwives, nurses, technicians and a research maternity care assistant working within the department. Since commencing my post I have set up a Women's Centre Research Advisory Group where the group member’s work with new researchers wanting to recruit study participants through or from the Women's Centre. The group aims to ensure that study designs and recruitment strategies pose no conflict with those clinical studies or trials already recruiting participants. My role is extremely interesting, rewarding and challenging and encompasses my two passions research and management.