Pinkie Chambers, a senior pharmacist at UCLH and former CLAHRC HEE NCEL Fellow is celebrating success in securing a prestigious NIHR Fellowship award.
After spending a year with the CLAHRC to hone her research skills, and against stiff competition, Pinkie secured a Doctoral Research Fellowship (DRF), which offers 3 years full-time funding (or 4 or 5 years part-time) to undertake a PhD.
The DRF is aimed at individuals, of outstanding potential, early in their research careers.
The Fellowship scheme aims to fast-track them through a customised research training programme in an environment reflecting their individual talents and training needs.
It is anticipated that successful applicants would become independent research leaders within 6 to 10 years of completing the DRF award.
During her year with us as a CLAHRC/HEE NCEL Fellow Pinkie developed her skills and worked on her application to the NIHR.
Her areas of interest include improving the chemotherapy pathway for cancer patients, and supporting patients to self-administer some of their blood tests to avoid hospital visits.
As well as her work as a Senior pharmacist at UCLH, Pinkie is also Joint Chair of the London Cancer Chemotherapy Expert Reference Group.
In particular Pinkie was commended by the NIHR for her efforts to involve patients and the public in her work which were described as “exceptional” – thanks in no small part to the CLAHRC’ Research Advisory Panel who Pinkie worked with during her CLAHRC/HEE NCEL Fellowship and who she presented to twice.
Physiotherapist and CLAHRC HEE NCEL Fellow Emma Dunphy has been successful in her application for a prestigious Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Emma’s proposed research will develop an E-Health intervention to improve rehabilitation for anterior cruciate ligament injuries.
After spending a year with the CLAHRC on our fellowship scheme honing her research skills Emma successfully applied to the NIHR scheme against stiff competition.
The HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) Scheme is aimed at registered non-medical healthcare professionals sited in England with at least 1 year’s experience of clinical practice, sufficient research experience or training to prepare them to undertake a PhD, and who wish to obtain a PhD by research whilst continuing to develop their clinical skills.
The full title for Emma’s research under the scheme will be Development of a model of service delivery to standardise anterior cruciate ligament rehabilitation in the NHS and testing the feasibility of an E-Health intervention to support delivery of this model.
Emma Dunphy is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with a particular interest in rehabilitation of sports injuries. Emma’s current role is at Homerton University Hospital Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine Clinic. During her year with us Emma developed content for an existing website and tested this web-based intervention to support patients in rehabilitation who wanted more independence and better information.
Emma was successful in her application for the prestigious Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). She started her fully-funded PhD in April 2017, and through her doctoral research will be developing an E-Health intervention to improve rehabilitation for anterior cruciate ligament injuries.
Pinkie Chambers is a senior pharmacist with over 10 years experience within both UCLH and The London Cancer network. Her ultimate vision is to improve patient experience and outcomes for those receiving chemotherapy, through applied health research. Pinkie has used her patient facing role to guide and prioritise research projects, collaborating with universities and industry. The resultant effect of the research has been changes in guidelines and pathways both locally and internationally.
Her HEE NCEL/CLAHRC Fellowship project was to re- design the current chemotherapy pathway to reduce the overall side effects of chemotherapy treatment. Pinkie spent her fellowship year developing a PhD project to explore one element of the novel pathway, and was successful in securing a prestigious NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship award to fully fund her PhD.
Pinkie is Joint Chair of the London Cancer Chemotherapy Expert Reference Group which aims to develop chemotherapy services and re-shape the chemotherapy pathway.
Paul McLaughlin is a mental health matron who spent a year with the CLAHRC to increase his research skills and pursue a clinical academic career. Paul qualified as a mental health nurse in 1999 and completed a Masters in Interprofessional Practice in 2007, both at City University in London. He is a visiting lecturer at City University, completing a PG Dip in Academic Practice in 2009, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. At the commencement of the clinical academic fellowship in 2015, Paul was working as a ward matron in East London NHS Foundation Trust, where he has worked since he was a student.
His research focus was developing alternatives to forced treatment on acute psychiatric wards.
Janine qualified as an adult nurse in 2001 with a Bsc (Hons) in European Nursing Studies. This led to a varied career in a range of areas from acute medicine to sexual health and family planning. In 2009 she decided to become a health visitor, completing her Pgdip in Public health. Training and working as a health visitor in the East End of London, in some of the most deprived areas of the country, sparked her interest in safeguarding children.
Her most recent career move has led her to join the Safeguarding children team at Barts Health NHS trust, the largest trust in the country.
During her year with us Janine investigated issues around neglect and contrasting perceptions of neglect among parents and professionals
Lisa is a Principal Clinical Psychologist working within acute psychiatric inpatient services within the North East London Foundation Trust. She is also a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology on the University of Essex Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. Lisa has been working clinically with people experiencing long-term mental health difficulties (in particular psychosis) for over 10 years. Lisa has always incorporated research within her professional practice. Her research interests are in developing psychological therapies for people who experience psychosis and are also in acute crisis.
Lisa’s fellowship project is to adapt psychological therapies for psychosis to be suited to the acute inpatient setting, and is linked to the CLAHRC’s Empowering mental health service users and families theme. The fellowship year will be spent doing some preparatory work for a post-doctoral research project examining this area in detail.
Diarmuid Denneny is spending a year as a CLAHRC HEE NCEL pre-doctoral fellow. His fellowship will allow him to explore allied health professional training to deliver brief psychological interventions for patients with long term conditions, and is linked to the CLAHRC’s Optimising Behaviour and engagement with care theme.
Diarmuid is at the pain management centre at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). He has over 20 years clinical experience. He is particularly interested in neuropathic pain, persistent pain and CCBT techniques in pain management, and leads the neuropathic pain pathway including CRPS at the UCLH pain management centre. Diarmuid is a qualified independent prescriber. He is interested in the clinical application of research, and is involved in education and research at UCLH.
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