Core Clinical Team
The NIHR Sheffield Clinical Research Facility (CRF) has a core clinical team made up of Clinical Team Leaders, Research Sisters, Research Nurses and Support Workers all working together with investigators across the Trust.
I have worked in the NHS for around 10 years in a variety of different areas, but over half of my career has been in research which has involved being part of research projects involving adults and children in different NHS trusts.
I started working in the Clinical Research Facility in January 2023 as a Research Sister. Prior to this role I was working within the directorate in gastroenterology research. Currently, I work in the grey team which involves working on numerous neurological research studies and I have learnt so much since I started in the role.
The training I have received to enable me to support the team has been fantastic! Due to the complexities of the research studies I am supporting, I have gained so many new competencies that I would have been unable to achieve in a ward environment.
I feel privileged to be part of a fantastic team, knowing that my contribution is making a difference to people's lives.
Every day of working in clinical research has given me a fresh, diverse and a dynamic outlook and experience. At first it felt daunting but as time goes on, the more I find it more interesting and enjoyable. As a Research Sister, I feel greatly rewarded to be part of and support the science behind the evidence of unsolved clinical problems, with the goal of saving lives and promoting the health and wellbeing of my patients and the general public. Supporting different clinical research projects in diverse clinical specialities has enabled me to gain a wealth of knowledge and a wide range of skills, which I would otherwise not have acquired in other work settings.