Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Research Hub

The Trust has a number of initiatives to support nurses, midwives and AHPs (NMAHP) to become research active. The Trust NMAHP research lead is Professor Heather Jarman.

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If you’d like more information on developing your career in research, and the advice and support we provide, please get in touch.

Chief Nurse Fellow programme 2020

The aim of the fellowship programme is to develop clinical excellence and research capacity (the ability to carry out research) amongst nurses, midwives and allied health professionals at St George’s. Click here to find out more about the programme.

Chief Nurse Fellows 2020

Our first cohort of Chief Nurse Fellows started in October 2020 and will be working across the Trust to promote research and evidence-based practice.

Emily Cowles, Physiotherapist

Emily qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2013 from the University of Birmingham. She works as a Specialised Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at St George’s Hospital.

Prior to joining St George’s Hospital she worked as a Community Physiotherapist, volunteered at the MS Society and worked as a rotation Physiotherapist at Barts Health NHS Trust where she gained experience in Care of the Elderly, Rehab, A&E, Trauma and Orthopaedics, MSK and Pulmonary Rehab.

Emily has a particular interest in patient centred care and health inequalities.  She has been involved in service improvement projects assessing the implementation of a Walk in Clinic for Trauma and Orthopaedic Fracture Clinic patients.  Recently she has been involved assessing resources available to non-English speakers receiving physiotherapy.

Ashley Kinch, Nurse

Ashley Kinch is a Clinical Research Nurse currently specialising in non-malignant haematology at St. George’s University Hospital, with a clinical background in cardiac surgical nursing.  She graduated with distinction from Kingston University, London in 2014 where she was awarded the Joyce Hemmings Prize for academic achievement, contribution to practice, innovation and enterprise.

Since March 2020, Ashley has been working on the delivery of research into treatments for COVID-19 and the development and assessment of rapid diagnostic testing for the disease.  Her research interests include patient experiences of health and healthcare interventions, inequalities, and improving access to healthcare.  Ashley also has a particular interest in the ethical issues which arise during the conduct of clinical research.

Katharine Spain, Midwife

Katharine Spain is a qualified as a midwife just over 6 years ago and has worked at St George’s Hospital since.  She has worked in all areas of maternity and is now a specialist maternal medicine midwife working with women with complex co-morbidities in pregnancy.

Since qualifying as a midwife she has looked for ways to improve women’s experiences of care and their outcomes. She has a strong interest in research and  is working towards a career as a clinical academic where I can incorporate both practice and research.

Her research interest is qualitative, phenomenological research, looking at the lived experience of both the women and the professionals caring for them with regard to continuity of carer.

Charlotte Walker, Physiotherapist

Charlotte qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of Southampton and began working within the NHS in 2017. She has worked as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist since 2018 and joined the team at St George’s Hospital in 2019. She also has a keen interest in Physiotherapy within Sport and works with an amateur rugby club alongside her NHS role.

Since joining the team here at St George’s Hospital, Charlotte has worked on a number of service improvement projects and audits. Most recently, during the Covid-19 pandemic, she was redeployed to the Clinical Audit Team which involved collecting data to contribute towards national statistics on Covid-19.

Her research interests include innovation and service improvement to optimise patient care. As part of the Chief Nurse Clinical Fellowship, Charlotte will be looking into how virtual student placements could be optimised to enhance service delivery and ensure optimal patient care.