Ruth Plackett

Ruth’s PhD is exploring whether using new educational technologies, such as online simulation, can improve the teaching of clinical reasoning skills for medical students. Ruth, along with her supervisors and medical experts has developed an electronic clinical reasoning educational simulation tool (eCREST). ECREST shows patients in general practice, all patients presenting with vague, non-specific respiratory symptoms, which could be indicative of serious conditions that are often missed in primary, such as lung cancer. This will allow students to practise gathering information from a patient, interpret that information and make informed decisions on diagnosis and management. Ruth is currently conducting a feasibility randomised controlled trial at three medical schools, to see whether it can improve clinical reasoning skills, and a qualitative think aloud interview study, to explore how eCREST can help students to learn clinical reasoning skills. This PhD aims to improve future doctors’ awareness of the presentation of potentially serious conditions, such as lung cancer in primary care, to help reduce future diagnostic errors.

Penny Rapaport

Penny is a Clinical Psychologist in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL. Her PhD focuses upon the development of an evidence-based manualised training intervention to reduce agitation in people with dementia living in care homes, identifying barriers and facilitators to developing and integrating interventions in care homes in order to increase their feasibility and acceptability.

Diarmuid Denneny

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.

Harry De Jesus

Harry is CLAHRC Research Fellow and a Senior Research Nurse working for the North Thames Clinical Research Network. His clinical background is in paediatric/neonatal intensive care and clinical research. He completed his BSc in Nursing with magna cum laude honours from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. He has completed an MRes in Clinical Practice and was awarded a distinction for his thesis on self management of children with IBD. As part of his dissemination of his results, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America awarded him a conference grant to present his poster on the American Advances in IBD conference.

Harry’s passion is to use participatory methodologies that listens to children’s voices using developmentally appropriate interview methods. Currently, he is spending a year on developing a PhD proposal investigating paediatric fatigue among young people with IBD.

Dipesh Patel

Dipesh Patel is a post-doctoral Advanced Orthoptist working at Moorfields Eye Hospital. His one-year CLAHRC HEE NCEL fellowship will be spent investigating factors affecting treatment outcomes in children with amblyopia (lazy eye).

Dipesh has been an Orthoptist for 10 years, and has previously researched visual field testing in children with glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmic disease.

Lucie Hogger

Lucie Hogger is Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist at Whittington Health and working with adults with acquired communication and swallowing disorders. She is spending one year as a CLAHRC HEE NCEL pre-doctoral fellow exploring the interactions between people living with dementia who take multiple medications and their health care professionals as part of the APOLLO-MM project http://www.polypharmacy.org.uk/.

Lucie has 10 years of experience working in the NHS and completed an MSc in Neuroscience and Communication at UCL in 2017. Her interests are in discourse analysis, neurological disorders and rehabilitation.

Dr Rachel Muir

Rachel Muir is a CLAHRC HEE NCEL post-doctoral Fellow and the Senior Matron for the NIHR Clinical Research Facility at UCLH. Her clinical background is in Critical Care, Accident and Emergency and Clinical Research, and she has a PhD in Social Sciences. Rachel is interested in knowledge mobilisation, arts based participatory methodologies, and patient experience in clinical trials. Rachel was awarded an international travel scholarship by the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2013/2014 to visit Harvard, Toronto, and McGill in Canada to learn from innovative participatory projects to improve patient experience, and she is currently developing applications for post-doctoral funding as part of her CLAHRC HEE NCEL fellowship.

Imogen Skene

Imogen Skene is spending a year as a CLAHRC HEE NCEL pre-doctoral fellow. Her research will focus on informed consent & recruitment to clinical studies in the Emergency Department setting, and is linked to the CLAHRC’s Methodological Innovation theme. Imogen is currently a Senior Clinical Research Nurse in the Emergency Department at Barts Health NHS Trust.

Imogen obtained her BSc Adult Nursing at the University of Southampton and her MRes Clinical Research at City University London. Her MRes focused on trauma patients experience of care in the Emergency Department. She has also worked as an emergency nurse in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Dr Sofia Llahana

Dr Sofia Llahana spent a year with us as a CLAHRC HEE NCEL Fellow. Sofia is a Consultant nurse in Endocrinology at UCLH and her research focused on developing an eHealth intervention to help pituitary patients to mange their condition and care.

Dr Llahana RGN; BSc(Hons); MSc; DNSc obtained her BSc(Hons) Nursing from Athens University, and her MSc in Advanced Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Science from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. She has worked as staff nurse and ward manager in Greece, as a clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes and Endocrinology and is currently a consultant nurse in endocrinology at University College Hospital. She has also worked as a Research Nurse and Senior Teaching Fellow at Warwick Medical School, where she still maintains an honorary contract. Sofia is Chair of the European Society for Endocrinology (ESE) Nurse Working Group.