Clinical Research Assistant
Hello, my name is Tracy; I am a Clinical Research Assistant. I assist clinicians to delivery research studies in Adult Mental Health, Physiotherapy, Paediatrics and primary care.
I assist in recruiting participants to current studies, and maintain and ensure all study documentation is up to date and following study protocols.
Before starting my career in the NHS, I worked in a variety of roles, including: a Sterile Technician at a local Pharmaceutical Company, a Senior Laboratory Technician in three different schools and a Resource Manager at a specialist science college.
When I first started working for the NHS, I joined a clinical trials team at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. I subsequently moved on to work as a Clinical Trials Assistant at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and finally landed my current role at Solent NHS Trust in 2015.
Why I love my job
Engaging with patients and the wider healthcare community is a really fulfilling aspect of my role. I work with a great team and I feel as though I’m able to help make a difference to the future of healthcare. I have also enjoyed the opportunity to set up and run a study by myself.
More about me
I am married with four adult children and four adult step-children, a grandson and two granddaughters. I love all things VW - I have a campervan that I like traveling in and a 1969 VW Beetle. I am quite a petrol head and I have raced on the local chalk track in non-contact as well as contact races and have raced in Holland in a three-wheel Nissan Micra my husband built. In my spare time I focus on learning and delivering holistic therapies.
Current projects/research studies
100,000 Genome Project - Rare diseases in children providing clinical diagnosis and in time, new or more effective treatments for NHS Patients.
Consent & Confidentiality in Genomic Medicine- Improve future communication between healthcare professionals and families.
Scimitar+ - Smoking Cessation Study for people with severe mental ill health.
Lifestyle, Health and Wellbeing – Collecting valuable up to date information on the health and wellbeing of people with severe mental ill health.
DPIM – DNA Polymorphism In Mental Illness – genetic study
Voice Impact Scale (VIS) - to understand the impact hearing voices can have on people.
Triumph - Treatment and Recovery in Psychosis.
Successful recruitment to trials: findings from the SCIMITAR+ Trial
Gilbody S., Callen T., Smith, K. et al. Smoking cessation for people with severe mental illness
(SCIMITAR+): a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Lancet Psychiatry