Imogen Wilson - Data Assistant
Imogen Wilson is a Data Assistant in the National Institute for Health and Care Research Sheffield Clinical Research Facility. A career in healthcare research has helped her learn new skills and make a difference to the NHS.
After graduating in psychology during the pandemic, I knew that I wanted to start a career that would enable me to make a difference and give the NHS a helping hand.
My first role was an internship in palliative care research at Hull York Medical School, and I then went on to work in an asymptomatic COVID-19 testing centre. After this, I got a job at the NIHR Sheffield Clinical Research Facility as a data coordinator working within the COVID-19 team, and I now work as a data assistant in the Facility’s operations team. There are so many interesting roles in research, and it is incredibly rewarding to work as part of a team that is making a massive difference to so many lives.
There are so many opportunities to learn new skills whilst working in clinical research, for both admin and clinical staff, and I have definitely accelerated my career by choosing to work in clinical research. I have been able to challenge myself in so many new ways, including taking the lead on specific projects, delivering presentations and training sessions, and improving my knowledge on data analysis and producing complex reports. I have developed skills that I will utilise for not only the rest of my career, but for the rest of my life.
My proudest achievement in my research career to date was during my first role in the Clinical Research Facility, working on a large portfolio of COVID-19 studies, from vaccine trials to interventional trials and long-term trials to understand disease progression. It was incredibly rewarding to be a small cog in this large wheel, working behind the scenes. My role at the time also involved covering the Clinical Research Facility reception, and it was inspiring to see and meet so many patients and staff that wanted to get involved.