I am interested in exploring the professional role of the nurse within research from the perspective of both research nurse and nurse researcher, particularly in informed consent discussions, ethics and governance.
I am also very interested in the teaching of evidence-based practice to undergraduate nursing students.
I have a clinical interest in rehabilitation after stroke and impacts on quality of life, particularly fatigue in people of working age.
I am a Registered Nurse and have worked within a variety of settings in the NHS in acute and community health care. I specialised in research nursing, which involved approaching patients and families to take part in research, leading informed consent discussions, collecting data for the research and ensuring patients were safe and well while they were taking part. I have worked with vulnerable people and their families, including people without capacity to make decisions for themselves, people with communication difficulties, and people who were acutely unwell, to ensure that they were offered the opportunity to participate in research.
In my latter role, I led on the quality and safety of research across a community NHS Trust. This involved leading research workforce development activities, including Good Clinical Practice training, and governance of research across the trust. I also led on a project to develop an instance of the electronic health record for research, to support communication between clinicians and the local research team across community trust sites.
My Masters thesis systematically reviewed the evidence for the frequency of measuring vital signs of patients with acute stroke and impact on rehabilitation outcomes.
I am currently supporting teaching on the BN (Hons) Nursing degree.