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2017 Speakers & Chairs

The NHS R&D Forum are pleased to announce that the following speakers will be presenting sessions at the 2017 Annual NHS R&D Forum Conference in Manchester on the 15th & 16th May 2017.

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Sarah Williams

Job Title: Associate Director of Research and Clinical Effectiveness
Organisation: Solent NHS Trust


Sarah has a background in public health, spending the early part of her career working with Marie Stopes International, UNICEF and UNDP in Kenya and Belize on population health programmes. She joined Solent in 2010 as a new Trust, and now leads an integrated team driving research, quality improvement, clinical effectiveness and the measurement of clinical outcomes.  Over the past six years, she and her team have built a thriving research and improvement culture embedded in clinical services, delivering portfolio studies but also leading on work to build an evidence base for community, out of hospital care. Sarah is determined to make research accessible to patients, families and staff and useful on the front line. She has championed a range of roles to link research with clinical care. The Clinical Academic pathway is now integrated with the Trust Nursing and AHP Career framework and there are a number of active Investigators across the Trust. The approach was highlighted by the CQC in 2016 as an area of outstanding practice with clear impact on patient outcomes, and Solent an is currently listed as the most research active Care Trust in the NIHR league tables. The Trust will soon launch an integrated Research & Improvement Academy.

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