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Core management team

CLAHRC for South Yorkshire's Core Management Team offers direction and support to the CLAHRC programme, with members bringing expertise in a number of valuable areas. We provide several functions to the CLAHRC programme:

  • Leadership
  • Raising our profile nationally and internationally
  • Supporting joint working, enablement and flexibility
  • Supporting co-production with industry, charities, other NIHR and NHS Innovation Infrastructure, 
  • local authorities, patients and the public
  • Capacity development
  • Quality Assurance (QA)
  • Recognition and protection of Intellectual Property Rights
  • Sustainability
A brief outline of the role and background of each member is shown below, and more about the functions of the Core Team

Professor Sue Mawson - Director
Sue Mawson is Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Sheffield. Sue's research focuses on improving the quality of life for people with longterm conditions, particularly through exploration of the effectiveness of rehabilitative interventions and patient reported outcome measurements. Her research has capitalised on newinnovations in sensor and digital technologies, integrating clinical rehabilitation researchers with digital media, user-centred healthcare designers and engineering specialists.

Professor Stuart Parker - Associate Director
Stuart trained in clinical and experimental gerontology in Newcastle upon Tyne and the Netherlands. His current research interests focuson health services for older people including the assessment of health status, acute care, care transitions, case management, intermediate care and rehabilitation. He is Director of R&D for Barnsley NHSFoundation Trust, Vice Chair of the UK Clinical Research Network (UK CRN) National Speciality Group for Age and Ageing, and Associate Director for CLAHRC.

Jo Cooke - Programme Manager
Jo initially trained as a nurse at the University of Manchester, and held a variety of clinical nursing posts in primary care. She was the lead research nurse for Community Health Sheffield in the mid 1990s and became a Research Fellow at ScHARR (School for Health and Related Research), University of Sheffield during this time. Subsequently she held the position of Associate Director for Research in Practice, based at the department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield. Immediately prior to her role in CLAHRC Jo was Director of Trent Research and Development Support Unit, based in ScHARR.

Christine Smith - Associate Programme Manager
Christine has a background in nutrition. After obtaining a MMedSci in Human Nutrition she joined the Department of Human Metabolism and Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield, where she worked as a doctoral student and a research assistant from 1994 to 2003, researching the short and long-term effects of preterm birth on skeletal development. In 2003 she joined the R&D department at Barnsley Hospital NFT, where her role is to facilitate research within the Trust and increase research capacity. Her research interests are obesity, the process of translating research into practice and the evaluation of complex programmes. 

Dr Kathy Jeays- Ward - Communications Lead, Project Manager
Kathy has a background in developmental genetics, first at the Institute of Cancer Research, London, and later at the University of Sheffield. Staying at the University of Sheffield but moving into research support enabled Kathy to become involved in developing cross-departmental research networks, and to co-ordinate development of a skills training programme for early career researchers. More recently she has moved into multi-disciplinary, multi-organisational research project management. 

Jenny Powell - Administrator
Jenny has considerable experience of working across health, social care and academic sectors. Her experience from an NHS perspective comes from her work with the Research Department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, with a focus on research training. 

Professor Kate Gerrish - Implementation Lead
Kate Gerrish is Professor of Nursing Research at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and holds an honorary appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. During a professional career spanning 30 years, Kate has held a variety of clinical nursing and midwifery posts in community and hospital settings and has extensive experience of undergraduate and postgraduate nursing and multi disciplinary health professional education. Kate has a long-standing research interest in evidence-based practice and approaches to achieving knowledge translation. She has undertaken commissioned research for a number of national funding agencies and has published widely in the field. 

Steve Ariss - Evaluation Lead
Steven is a Research Fellow in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHaRR) at the University of Sheffield. He has a background in sociology and an interest in health services research which ranges from micro-level analysis of healthcare interactions to the evaluation of large scale healthcare programmes and policies. He has worked for the NHS co-ordinating a research network for older people's mental health, and came to Sheffield in 2009 from the Bradford Dementia Group (University of Bradford) where his work included self-management for people with dementia and their carers and evaluation of the Partnerships for Older People Programme (POPPs).

Jennifer Read
Jennifer is a senior stroke specialist Occupational Therapist, with 14 years clinical experience, and is a research associate within both the Stroke Theme and the Internal Evaluation Team. She completed a Masters degree in clinical research in 2010. She continues to work clinically within STH and actively promotes the use of research at clinical level. Jennifer's research interests include stroke, cognition, rehabilitation and improving the patient experience, especially for those with cognitive, psychological and communication difficulties post-stroke.

Professor Ade Adebajo - PPI Lead
Ade is a consultant rheumatologist as well as being heavily involved in research and education. He has been involved for many years in patient and public engagement for the Arthritis Research Campaign and is currently a board member of the Arthritis Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) as well as the Department of Health and IHR INVOLVE (a not-for-profit organisation of public participation specialists). As a member of the Core Team, Ade's role is to facilitate and promote patient and public involvement (PPI) across CLAHRC SY. He also provides strategic linkages with key PPI partnerships such as the RDS, CLRN as well as external PPI partnerships with other CLAHRCs and with organisations such as NIHR INVOLVE.

Dr Jill Thompson
Jill has researched aspects of public involvement since 2005, including a PhD that she completed in 2010. She moved to the Core Team from the Telehealth and Care Technologies Theme where she worked as a Research Fellow. Jill's role as PPI Associate Lead and researcher builds on her research profile, exploring the complexities of engaging with PPI within the SY CLAHRC. She works with CLAHRC themes to provide training and support for those wishing to engage with PPI. 

Gill Sarre - Research Capacity Lead
Gill has a professional background in Speech and Language Therapy and worked in a variety of clinical posts before becoming Head of Speech and Language Therapy Services in Nottingham in the 1980s. She moved into NHS R&D management and led two successful bids for NHS Research Support Funding for Nottingham Community Health Trust before taking up post with Trent Research and Development Support Unit (RDSU) - now NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) for East Midlands - supporting primary care research management and governance partnerships and research capacity development in Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). She continues to work part time for RDS EM alongside her CLAHRC role.