Professor Ben Burton: Clinical Research & Development Director
Professor Ben Burton became Clinical Director for Research and Development at the James Paget in 2015.
He is an ophthalmology consultant and is involved in research looking at better treatments for Wet AMD, Dry AMD and diabetic retinopathy as well as new ways to monitor these conditions at home and to detect them earlier.
RESEARCH MANAGEMENT OFFICE
Karen Eade: Head of Research & Development
I joined the JPUH R&D Department in 2008 as the Trust’s first R&D Coordinator when there was only one other staff member and two part-time bank research nurses. Since then the department has grown significantly and now has 25 full and part-time staff.
I became Head of Research in 2015. I started my working life as a lab technician working for a commercial company manufacturing in-vitro diagnostics and from there career development took me into regulatory affairs within the medical devices, pharmaceutical and contract research sectors. I have also worked in a regulatory capacity within Mental Health.
My role is to ensure that the team meets it’s Trust and Research Network objectives, manage our budget, look for areas to generate income and provide support and encouragement to all staff that want to get involved in research, as well as the management of the department’s staff.
Training and development is also part of my role - I am an NIHR GCP (Good Clinical Practice) Facilitator and am a member of the steering committee and teach on the Essentials of Clinical Research course run by CRN Eastern. I also teach a session on the UEA Fundamentals of Clinical Research Course and, most recently, I facilitated at the CRNE Advanced Research In Practice Course.
Helen Hall - Research Grants Advisor
I joined JPUH R&D from the East of England Ambulance service NHS Trust in June 2018, taking the position of research grants advisor. My role includes developing and encouraging home grown research and supporting grant applications for NIHR and other funding streams. I'm a CLAHRC fellow 2018, HCPC registered paramedic and CAHPR committee member.
Fun fact: I am a massive fan of Jessica Fletcher and Columbo.
Sarah Daniels - Research Management Co-ordinator
I joined the trust in 1999, having previously worked at the Ipswich Hospital. Then, in 2016, I joined the James Paget R&D department, in the role of R&D facilitator. I have various qualifications in administration, previously worked in the roles of Medical Secretary for Prof. Ben Burton, and then went on to become a Medical Secretary Manager.
My role involves managing the R&D office and facilitating clinical trials. I have two cats named Dolly and Dave and I am an active member of ‘The Rock Choir’.
Sophie Cook - Research Study and Recruitment Facilitator
I joined the JPUH Research Team in July 2019, and I graduated from the UEA in the same year with a degree in Politics and Media. In previous jobs, I worked in customer care and complaints and before that, I was Woody Bear at Pleasurewood Hills!
My fun fact is that I played for Norwich City FC for five years as a child.
Charlotte Stolworthy - Research Accountant
I joined the department in 2019 as the Research Accountant and I'm already loving being part of a such an amazing team. Before working at JPUH, I worked at Great Yarmouth College for 10 years in Finance & HR and left to start my own business which I did for nine years.
My role consists of a variety of accountancy tasks including raising invoices for study income, overseeing the petty cash, travel expense claims and completing returns for the Clinical Research Network.
When I’m not busy working, I am a soccer mum, a Norwich City season ticket holder and am currently undertaking a Sports Massage course. I am naturally inquisitive and love to learn new things, which I feel is perfect for my role in Research.
Maddison Bultitude - Research Management Assistant
I joined the trust in 2012 as a New Born Hearing Screening secretary and, after other similar roles, I am now in the R&D department as the Research Management Assistant. I am enjoying doing this role, as it is new to the department and something I can develop. I am currently working towards starting a healthcare related degree.
My fun fact would be that I am a rainbow beaver!
Rhia Morley - Research Administrator
I joined the department in 2016 as the Research & Development Administrator, but have been in the NHS since 2010 after completing an NVQ Apprenticeship in Business Administration and studying Health and Social care.
My background is working within the public sector in Sexual Health and Contraception. I like the variety that Research offers and am currently enjoying mentoring our new Research Apprentice. My fun fact would be that I'm a 'Friends' fanatic.
CANCER RESEARCH OFFICE
Wendy Harrison - Cancer Clinical Research Nurse
I joined JPUH R&D in November 2016 after ten years as a chemotherapy nurse on Ward 17. I have also spent some time as a Resuscitation Officer. My role as a clinical research nurse involves approaching patients to join a clinical trial, which could be a drug trials or a questionnaire. I then follow the patients through their research journey.
My current focus of interest is setting up research nurse led clinics for our Oncology patients.
Jackie Harman - Clinical Research Support Officer for Cancer
I joined the James Paget from the insurance industry in November 2009. I joined the R&D department in February 2015 taking the position of Clinical Research Co-Ordinator. I became a Clinical Research Support Officer for Cancer the following year.
My role includes the co-ordination of all oncology and malignant haematology trials, approaching and consenting patients to both interventional and observational trials, following them through their treatment and follow up periods, dealing with queries from patients, consultants and sponsors, and the maintenance of Investigator Site Files.
Amy Brooks - Data Manager
I joined the JPUH R&D Department in June 2016 in the role of Data Manager for Cancer Research. I have a BSc in Animal Behaviour and previously worked in the roles of Down’s Syndrome Screening Assistant and Pathology Project Coordinator at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
My role involves submitting paper and electronic data collected for Haematology & Oncology trials, answering data queries, maintaining Investigator Site Files, archiving, and acting as an EDGE Administrator for the wider R&D team.
I live at home with my young son, partner, our two cats and two dogs!
MULTI SPECIALITY NURSING TEAM
Amanda Ayers - Multi-speciality Nurse
I first joined the James Paget University Hospital in 1987 as a student nurse and qualified in 1991. In 2016, I took on the role as full time Research Nurse for East Coast Community Healthcare where I assisted four GP surgeries to become research active. In 2018, I took on the role as flexible workforce research nurse for CRN Eastern and have recently joined the JPUH as a full time Clinical Trial Research Nurse.
I have a background in Renal and Primary care and worked for seven years as a Nurse Practioner in Primary Care.
Helen Sutherland - Multi-speciality Nurse
I joined JPUH in 2001 and have worked in emergency theatre for 16 years, covering all specialities and disease areas; I had a particular interest in obstetrics. I joined the research team in 2017 as a Research Support Nurse working on observational research studies in gastroenterology and neurology. I was promoted to Clinical Research Nurse in 2019 and my work focuses on gastroenterology where we are building a large portfolio of interventional, commercial and other studies for our local patient population.
A fun fact about me is that I am the office Christmas fairy.
Katherine Mackintosh - Opthalmology Research Nurse
I joined JPUH in 2016 having been part of the NHS since 1994. I have worked in trauma and orthopaedics; infection control and ophthalmology and I have a particular interest in the use of external fixation devices and in tissue viability.
I joined the research team in 2016 as an ophthalmology research nurse working on observational and interventional studies in age related macular degeneration and glaucoma and have recently joined the multi-speciality team where my work will focus on orthopaedics, rheumatology and peri operative care.
Julie North - Multi-speciality Nurse
I joined the James Paget in 2003 and have specialised in critical care working as an ICU Nurse, Critical Care Outreach Sister and ICU Sister before joining the research team in the summer of 2017. In the role of a multi-disciplinary Research Nurse, I have led on studies in a variety of areas, including ICU. From July 2019, I am excited to undertake a dual role, leading on research in ICU and a management position as a Senior Sister in ICU. I am looking forward to my new roles enhancing research activity and opportunities for patients, families and staff. This is with the aim of improving patient outcomes and wellbeing of patients.
Claire Whitehouse - Senior Nurse for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions
I joined @JPUHResearch in 2012, leading the clinical research delivery team, supporting the provision of research to patients and staff and developing workforce pathways. I was recently appointed as Senior Nurse for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research and I now develop and encourage home-grown research from frontline staff. I'm also working to set up Clinical Academic Career pathways in the Trust with local academic institutions.
I'm a Florence Nightingale Foundation, Barbers Company and NIHR scholar and originator of the #WhyWeDoResearch twitter campaign.
Christian Hacon - Multi-speciality Nurse
I’ve worked within the Research team since 2014 focusing mainly on Stroke, Neurology and Dermatology studies.
I have also worked on studies in critical care, diabetes and gastroenterology . I work in partnership with the consultants and specialist stroke nurses of the stroke ward in setting up studies, screening and recruiting participants.
Previously I worked as a Renal Nurse in the Renal Unit within the Trust and I am also a Health & Wellbeing champion for the Trust.
Jane Woods - Multi-speciality Nurse
My first two research studies were in 2002 and 2006 when I was in Coronary Care Unit.
I joined Research full time in 2010. My background is in Cardiology and ENT and I now work full time running ENT studies across the Trust. I completed a Research in Practice degree module and regularly support ENT teaching regionally for CRN Eastern.
OPHTHALMOLOGY RESEARCH TEAM
Darylile Guledew - Opthalmology Research Nurse (photo and details to follow)
Emma Stimpson - Opthalmology Research Co-ordinator
My name is Emma Stimpson and I have worked at the James Paget Hospital for 25 years in various departments.
I started on the maternity ward giving out Bounty Packs and photographing new born babies. I then worked on the elective orthopaedic ward for a few years before moving to ophthalmology.
I have worked in ophthalmology for 10 years and ophthalmology research for nearly six years. We have undertaken many studies and had great success with recruitment, often exceeding targets.
PAEDIATRIC RESEARCH TEAM AND RESEARCH MIDWIVES
Lynsey Felton - Paediatric Research Nurse
I joined the JPUH Research Team in August 2017 as a Paediatric Clinical Research Nurse, a job share with Donna Griffiths.
I had previously worked in the JPUH as a Paediatric Staff Nurse on the Children’s Ward since September 2000, and still have regular shifts there as well. Since being in post we have made the paediatric department more aware of research. We're now commencing our third peanut desensitisation study, commencing our second diabetic study and are part of the UK Childhood ITP Registry with lots more studies coming our way.
Donna Griffiths - Paediatric Research Nurse
I qualified as a paediatric nurse in 2001. I have worked on the Children’s Ward here at JPUH since then, and branched into paediatric research in August 2017. Alongside my colleague Lynsey Felton, we organise the set up and running of a number of paediatric studies across all specialities. By integrating both of these roles, my aim is to deliver the very best healthcare for children and their families.
Jamie-Louise Raven - Research Midwife
I started my midwifery training at the James Paget in 2012 and qualified from the University of East Anglia with a BSc Hons in Midwifery in 2016 and began my preceptorship in earnest. After several years cementing my foundation knowledge and skills I felt ready to learn something new to complement my clinical role.
This led me to my current job as a Clinical Research Midwife. My colleague and I are the first official research midwives within the trust and are in the process of implementing research within our maternity department.
We are very proud to be providing the women we care for with the opportunity to help shape the future of maternity services.
Rachel Brooks - Research Midwife (photo and details to follow)
PHARMACY CLINICAL TRIALS TEAM
Judith Smith - Pharmacy Clinical Trials Technician
After working in community pharmacy for 12 years, I joined the JPUH in 2003 in the Pharmacy department as a Pharmacy Technician. I started working as a Clinical Trials Technician in 2008 alongside working in the pharmacy department.
I have been involved in many studies over 11 years. It is a role which I enjoy, as it is nice to be involved with the research team.
Pharmacy Clinical Trials Technician - (photo and details to follow)