Dr Helen Jones
Job Title: Head of Research Nursing
Dr Helen Jones has spent much of her nursing career working as a Clinical Research Nurse (CRN) across various clinical areas. She was formerly the Research Matron at Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust for 7 years where she supported and led a workforce of 150 research nurses. She has recently taken up the post of Head of Research Nursing at the Royal Free London and has academic links with the University of Hertfordshire.
Her career as a CRN has spanned more than 20 years and during this time she has experienced first-hand the growth and development of the CRN role and workforce, and the development of the national research infrastructure supported by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). Last year she completed a Doctorate in Healthcare at Kings College London. Her research thesis is titled “Exploring the experience of Clinical Research Nurses working within acute NHS trusts and determining the most effective way to structure the workforce: A mixed methods study”. Within this, Helen carried out the first national study to examine the organisational structure of the national CRN workforce and the experience of CRNs working in research delivery.
Helen has a national presence within research nursing which includes sitting on the NIHR Research Nurse Strategy group, the CRUK Senior Research Nurse Advisory panel and has judged the Research Nurse category of the Nursing Times awards for the past 3 years. She has published and presented on aspects of the CRN role and workforce.