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August 2017 Profile: Fiona Cowdell

From Staff Nurse to Professor of Nursing and Health Research and NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow

My research journey began serendipitously. I had spent many fulfilling years in clinical practice working in the specialties of medicine and geriatrics at operational and strategic levels. Over the years I worked through all the qualifications that I needed to progress my career in the NHS: BA (Hons), PGCE, MA. Each course had a research component and my interest was piqued.

In practice I had seen research nurses recruiting to trials that seemed interesting, but there the path went cold. I continued to rise up the nursing hierarchy and when working as a Senior Nurse Manager for Medicine and Older People, I decided that I wanted to make a difference to patient care in another way.

I registered for a part-time Doctorate in which I investigated the care of older people with dementia in acute hospitals from the perspectives of the patients themselves, their carers and the health staff providing care. This work was supported by a grant from the Alzheimer’s Society.

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June 2017 Profile: Jude Partridge

As part of its strategy to promote high-quality research, the BGS Research and Academic Committee (RADC) encourages researchers to tell readers about their research journey - how they were drawn to research (or fell into it!); the obstacles they encountered on their journey; the effect of the journey on their self- and career development, and the lessons that they believe might help those following the same path.

In this article, we feature Jude Partridge. She is a geriatrician working in the Proactive care of Older People undergoing Surgery (POPS) team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London. She has a full time clinical role with one NHS funded R&D session allowing her to continue her research interests.

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March 2017 Profile: Thomas Jackson

As part of its strategy to promote high-quality research, the BGS Research and Academic Committee (RADC) encourages researchers to tell readers about their research journey - how they were drawn to research (or fell into it!); the obstacles they encountered on their journey; the effect of the journey on their self- and career development, and the lessons that they believe might help those following the same path.

In this article, we feature Thomas Jackson. He is a Clinician Scientist in the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham and an Honorary Consultant at Queen Elizabeth Hospitals Birmingham.  He was a Fellow in Ageing Research from 2012 to 2015, funded by the British Geriatrics Society and Research into Ageing at Age UK.  He was awarded a PhD in 2016. He tweets at @delirious_dr

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