I am currently the Senior Research Sister for the Newcastle Clinical Ageing Research Unit (CARU). My role supports the planning and delivery of clinical research studies primarily focussing on neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.
I oversee and support a team of Research Nurses, Research Physiotherapists, Research Radiographers, Clinical Trial Associates, Health Care Assistants and Receptionists in order to meet the clinical and operational objectives of CARU. This includes working alongside the Director, Research Matron and Operational Manager to encourage and support the delivery of high-quality research. Ensuring that a culture of continuous improvement is embedded in CARU’s daily business delivery in order to maximise the quality, efficiency, and continuity of CARU’s work.
My previous Research role was within Newcastle NHS Hospitals Trust as a Research Nurse back in 2008 working within Gastroenterology. As part of that role I was a study manager for a Genetics resource with over 7000 samples and sites throughout the UK. I also worked as a research nurse on early phase commercial studies mainly involving Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. One study recruited two of the only three participants in the UK for a phase 1 study and one of these participants continues on this therapy today.