Job Title: Senior Strategic Manager
Organisation: CRN North East North Cumbria
Sharon’s nursing career began in the 1990s in Leeds. Having developed a passion for research from the outset, Sharon’s successful applications for research bursaries afforded her opportunities to explore in the UK and USA the impact on patient care of Integrated Care Pathways within a vascular care setting. Her clinical career culminated in the role of Nurse Consultant, during which time she wrote for a variety of health care publications, co-edited a book regarding nursing care for patients with peripheral vascular disease and undertook a major piece of research regarding exercise therapy for this patient group as part of her MPhil.
Sharon joined the Clinical Research Network in 2008 where she has worked in a variety of senior research management roles as Lead Research Management & Governance Manager, Research Operations Manager and Strategy Development Lead. The latter post, jointly funded by Clinical Research Network North East North Cumbria (CRN NENC) and Health Education England North East (HEE NE) saw the development of a strategy and implementation plan for the research Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional (NMAHP) workforce. Sharon’s current role as Senior Strategic Manager, now concentrates on implementing this strategy. She teaches on the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research at Newcastle University and plays a major supporting link role with the NIHR Coordinating Centre, the Health Research Authority, regional NHS research offices, NHS and HEI research teams, the Research Design Service and Clinical Trial Units.
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