As a research adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service, I provide methodological and other support to clinicians and academics as they develop their research applications for submission to NIHR and other national, competitive funding programmes. 

I have a clinical background in nursing and have worked as a research associate in an Evidence-Based Child Health Unit, helping to develop and embed an explicit evidence-based approach to clinical practice in an acute paediatric Trust, undertaking systematic reviews and developing national guidelines. My main research interests comprise systematic reviews in the fields of diet, medicines management and supportive care (including prevention and treatment of oral health problems, nausea and vomiting in patients with cancer, measuring temperature in children and infants, undesrtanding substance misuse in adults).   


Research Adviser, Research Design Service for the East of England, National Institute for Health Research

Professional Qualifications and professional memberships

2007 PhD, University of Liverpool

1998 MSc Nursing, University of Liverpool

1988 Registered Sick Children’s Nurse, Red Cross Children’s War Memorial Hospital, South Africa

1982 Registered General Nurse, BG Alexander College, Johannesburg, South Africa

Research Interests

Medicines management

Supportive care in children with cancer

Impact of nutrition on musculoskeletal health

Systematic review methods

Development of evidence-based guidelines 

Method comparison studies

Career summary

April 2010-present, Research Adviser, Research Design Service (RDS), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

January 1998 – March 2010: Research Associate, Evidence-Based Unit, Institute of Child Health, University of Liverpool

1995 - 1997: Care Pathways Co-ordinator for Cardiac and Cardiac Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust

1992 - 1994: Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse, Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust

1990 – 1992: Paediatric Nurse, St Thomas’ Hospital, London

1983 – 1992: Clinical Nurse, Acute Settings, Johannesburg General Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital, South Africa

Academic Background

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Medicine (Child Health), University of Liverpool (Awarded 2007)

MSc in Nursing, University of Liverpool (Awarded 1998)

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