I qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in 1989 and specialised in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. After a varied career based in London, which had limited opportunities to further my clinical academic career as a radiographer, I moved to Yorkshire and the Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit in 2009. The support from the Unit allowed me to apply and succeed in obtaining a personal fellowship from the NIHR to study for a PhD. The title of my thesis is ‘Magnetic Resonance Imaging of synovitis without the use of intravenous gadolinium’. After completing my PhD in 2015 I am preparing an application for the NIHR Clinical lectureship scheme. The preparation includes promoting non-medic research within the Trust and nationally, as well as formulating a research question to continue the work commenced in my PhD.
I graduated as a doctor from the University of Leeds in 2009 and have spent my post-graduate training in West Yorkshire. I am currently a Specialist Registrar in Rheumatology. At the moment, I am taking time out of my training to undertake a PhD on the role of ultrasound scan in the management of shoulder pain. One of the main reasons for me taking time out to do this research is because Leeds is one of the best academic centres in the country and offers a supportive environment for me to undertake this PhD. I am hoping that this research will provide further insight into how we should best manage people with shoulder pain, which is an area that I am extremely passionate about!
I am one of the clinical research fellows working at the BRC. I have taken time out of my clinical training as a Rheumatology Registrar in order to undertake a 3-year research programme. I applied for the research post funded by the National Institute of Health Research in order to broaden my knowledge in a specific area of musculoskeletal medicine and develop research skills that are invaluable to an NHS clinician. My research focuses on the stage before disease development in individuals-at-risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This research involves an observational prospective study monitoring individuals with markers in their blood for RA. I am focusing on phenotyping the cohort and determining which biomarkers successfully predict the development of RA. This work will enable risk stratification of individuals that will translate into an improved personalized approach to management and care.