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Case study: Research Matron urges others to consider NIHR career in south London

Read about Cherylin's path in research.

A south London research matron has spoken about how she has dedicated her career to making a difference to the lives of londoners.

Cherylin Reinholtz, who works for the NIHR CRN South London, has worked in research for 15 years, and her passion for improving patient care, treatments and the diagnosis of diseases remains undiminished.

Her research career began while working as a staff nurse for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Cherylin was offered the opportunity to support the delivery of research in asthma and allergy and respiratory science. She worked at Guy’s Hospital as a clinical research nurse in asthma, allergy and lung biology for King’s College London, from 2006 until 2012.

Speaking to promote the NIHR’s Your Path in Research campaign, Cherylin urged nurses, midwives and others to take their first step into, or next step within, the profession. She said:

“Research is essential in helping humanity to find better treatments, ways to manage conditions and to prevent disease. The people we serve must always come first and I work in this profession because I want to help to improve the lives of others.

“The NIHR offers a fantastic platform for healthcare professionals to pursue a research career. It is an exciting field to work in as individuals can develop their clinical skills, work with a range of experts and pursue further education.

“I’ve only been working for the CRN South London for a few months, but everyone has been so welcoming and supportive. It is great to work with so many people who are very passionate, dedicated and innovative in providing essential support to the delivery of research across south London.”

Cherylin’s role involves managing the agile workforce, who help to increase the opportunities for people to take part in health and social care research in south London.

CRN South London’s Workforce Development Lead Nhlanhla Mguni said: “Many healthcare professionals say they find the experience of being involved in research studies positive and rewarding.

“As a Network, we are proud to play our part in supporting vital research that improves patient care, and I’d also like to encourage others to consider a career within the NIHR.”

The Your Path in Research campaign gives healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn more about research that can impact their day-to-day work, by highlighting a variety of ways they can take their first, or next step in their research career.

More information about the Your Path in Research campaign can be found on the NIHR’s website.