A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

I was previously a Clinical Manager of the Wellcome Trust Research Facility, which received a £12.8m research award to provide NIHR research infrastructure to support experimental clinical research, for the benefit of NHS patients. Currently I am the Deputy Director of Research and Innovation responsible for strategic and operational delivery of the UHB and BHP (Birmingham Health Partners) research programmes and clinical research portfolio.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

Completing a Masters in Health Research sciences has enabled me to develop as an expert researcher for advising with, promoting and delivering successful research programmes across Birmingham.

Main work activities in your current role

Activities include: writing research grant applications, clinical research recruitment, engagement with the Principal and Chief Investigators, supporting patient and public involvement, and assessing regulatory, governance and audit compliance. I also consider patient data safety in reports and on panels, and attend regional and national meetings and conferences. On top of all of this I also provide staff management training and education.

A typical day in your job

I attend meetings to discuss: new and active projects, financial accountability of research budgets, and reviews of metrics reports for internal and external stakeholders. I’m also a staff manager, and provide staff support at one to one staff meetings.

Main challenges in your role

Lack of funding, resources, and having to produce numerous reports on Brexit are current challenges that I face.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

To improve patient care and innovate in the NHS are my motivational factors.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

This is one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs I have ever had. It’s an absolute privilege and honour to be a part of the NHS and improve the journey of patients while impacting on so many lives. I can’t imagine doing anything else, and I enjoy coming to work every single day. If you think you have a similar mind-set to me, this is the job for you.