Pinkie Chambers

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.

Read Pinkie’s reflections on her year with us and the challenge of juggling clinical and research commitments

Paul McLaughlin

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 Ellul

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

Dr Lisa Wood

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.

Catherine Lawrence

Catherine Lawrence is the Team Lead Physiotherapist in Critical Care at University College London Hospital and is spending one year as a CLAHRC HEE NCEL pre-doctoral fellow. Catherine has a keen interest in early rehabilitation on critical care and the management of patient’s who require prolonged critical care admission.  Catherine’s research will explore the barriers to early rehabilitation on critical care.

Catherine obtained a BSc (hons) degree in Physiotherapy at Brunel University in 2010. She then went on to complete a Master of Research Degree (MRes) in Clinical Research at City, University of London. Catherine’s MRes project was focused on exploring the relationship between patient motivation and adherence to rehabilitation on critical care. Catherine is hoping to further expand on this work during her fellowship.

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.