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Celebrating Clinical Research Nurses event today!

Clinical Nurses

We have over 90 clinical research nurses working across our six hospitals; each nurse plays a key role in providing improved treatment and services for our patient by delivering important and relevant research to the highest standards.

Today, we are honoured to host the Celebrating Clinical Research Nurses: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) North of England Regional Meeting, with over 80 nurses attending the day from across the north.

The event is a chance for clinical research nurses and NIHR leaders to meet and discuss developments in clinical research nursing as well as topics such as student placements in research, patient recruitment, social media, patient experience and working with industry.

The event will be opened by CMFT's Chief Nurse, Gill Heaton, who has been actively involved in developing clinical research nursing at our Trust and encouraging more nurses to consider a career in research. Gill said: "We are delighted to be hosting the northern arm of the Celebrating Clinical Research Nurses events. CMFT has worked hard to create a community of clinical research nurses who enable swift and easy recruitment into trials and ensure on-going support for the effect delivery of trials. I am looking forward to meeting and speaking with clinical research nurses from across the north, to see how we can further develop this community and encourage more nurses into research roles"

The event will also celebrate the leadership, innovation and value that nurses bring to research in the NHS. As well as providing nurses with an opportunity to hear from inspirational speakers, network with peers and strengthen links across the north.

Sarah Thorpe, HIV and Sexual Health Research Nurse, Manchester Centre for Sexual Health will be presenting to the event in the morning about her experience of recruiting patients to clinical research. Sarah said of the event: "I think the Celebrating Clinical Research Nurses event is a fantastic opportunity for nurses to share their success stories as well as give advice and support to fellow researchers."

Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research will also be speaking at the event, and Dr Louise Wood, Deputy Director of Research Infrastructure and Growth, Department of Health will close the day with an overview with what has been covered and looking forward to the future.