28 November 2016
Trust physiotherapist Abigail Roberts and dietitian Rupal Patel have been successful in securing funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to carry out a full-time Masters in Clinical Research (MRes) at City University, London. They both attended the Trust’s Research Development Programme in 2015, designed to support staff to develop and lead their own research projects.
The MRes is a taught programme designed to develop a student’s understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Both students will also work on research projects they have designed, allowing them to put the knowledge they have gained into practice.
Abigail is a physiotherapist working in the transplantation department at Harefield Hospital. Her MRes project will focus on investigating the relationship between peak cough flow measurements and respiratory function tests in post-lung transplantation patients. The research could help to identify those at risk of developing chest infections early. Abigail hopes her study will help prevent hospital admissions, reduce patients’ length of hospital stay and lower morbidity and mortality rates in this at-risk patient group.
Abigail began her course five weeks ago and said of the award:
“I have always been eager to develop my knowledge and skills in clinical research and the NIHR MRes course is particularly geared towards helping nurses and allied healthcare professionals get into this area.
“I applied following completion of an internal, Trust allied health professional research course, but the MRes itself is designed for people from all research backgrounds. You do not need any previous experience. The university has provided superb teaching and support so far. I couldn't recommend the MRes course or City University more highly. It has connected me to a fantastic research network, which will no doubt help me along on my research journey.”