NIHR MSc Clinical Research Placements

Rebekah Beer 
I am a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian, working for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  I am currently undertaking an NIHR MSc in Clinical Research at the University of Sheffield.  I completed a 20 day placement with the TK2A Theme between June and September 2013.  
Nicola Bennett
I am a Research Sister at the NIHR Sheffield Clinical Research Facility.  I had a 20 day placement  with the KT2A team between May and September 2012.  We met with staff working on a variety of projects.  This was helpful to get an overview of the Theme as a whole, and the different specialities where the TK2A Theme worked.
Penny Chisnall 
I am a physiotherapist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  I had a 10 day placement with the TK2A team in August-September 2012.   During this period, I contributed to the Knowledge Translation (KT) Casebook and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) project.  The team were very encouraging and helpful in allowing me to gain some insight into the work of the TK2A Theme. My time spent 'analysing' qualitative data for the KT Casebook was especially useful as I don't consider this to be strength - I was very grateful of this opportunity.
Michelle Deighton 
I am a research sister at the NIHR Clinical Research Facility at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and currently undertaking an NIHR MSc in Clinical Research at the University of Sheffield.  As part of this course I completed a 20 day placement with the TK2A Theme between June and September 2013.  The initial induction was very informative and the projects led by the core members of TK2A provided diverse learning opportunities.
Frankie Fair 
I am a midwife at the Jessop Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.   In April 2012, I had a one day placement with the TK2A team.   I participated in the nutritional audits, done as part of the Enhancing the Quality of Oral Nutrition Support (EQONS) project at the Northern General Hospital.
Becky Field 
 am an occupational therapist, working in the Sheffield Community Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team at Sheffield Health and Social Care Foundation NHS Trust.  I had a 5 day placement with the TK2A team in September 2011, during which time I contributed to the Knowledge Translation Casebook and dysphagia e-learning project.  It was really valuable to be given a task to do, and get the feedback I was on the right lines.
Siobhán Gillespie
I am a Midwife working at the Jessop Wing, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. As part of the NIHR MSc in Clinical research I had a 20 day placement with the TK2A Theme between January and July 2013. After the induction meetings with the project teams, I worked primarily with the team involving people who have dementia in health and social care service improvement and planning.  During this time, I acted as facilitator in focus groups for people with dementia and assisted with data analysis. 
Carol Keen 
I am a physiotherapist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  I had a 20 day placement with the TK2A team between May and September 2012.  Following the induction, Nicola Bennett and I worked together to evaluate the ward staff perspective on the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) project about using volunteers.   Having completed much of the taught components of an NIHR MSc in Clinical Research, the placement provided an excellent opportunity to see how some of things that I had learned through my studies are applied in the real world. 
George London 
I am a postgraduate student studying towards an MSc in Science Communication at the University of Sheffield. As part of my dissertation project, I spent approximately four months working with the TK2A team during the summer of 2013. During this time I helped research, design, implement and publicise an online community for people with dysphagia.
Laura Makey
I am a Registered Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  I had a 10 day placement with the TK2A team in August-September 2012.  During this period, I contributed to the Knowledge Translation (KT) Casebook and observed an After Action Review for the Enhancing the Quality of Oral Nutrition Support (EQONS) project. Learning about knowledge translation is an interesting aspect of research. Before this placement, I had not considered how projects within the NHS are communicated and evaluated.
Mirelle Martin 
I am a specialist midwife working at the Jessop Wing (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust). I had a 20 day placement at CLAHRC as part of completing an MSC in Clinical Research in August-September 2013.
Sarah Senbeto 
I am a Midwife working at the Jessop Wing, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. As part of the NIHR MSc in Clinical research I had a 20 day placement with the TK2A Theme between January and July 2013.   I participated in the Public Involvement in Implementation project.  This involved identifying seven case studies as examples of effective practice in patient participation across South Yorkshire. I gained experience in interviewing some of the case studies. I also had the opportunity to observe data collection in the other projects and attend focus groups for the Dementia Involvement Project.