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Case study: Your Path In Research - Abby Farzaneh, Research Nurse, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Case Study: Abby Farzaneh

Abby Farzaneh is a Research Nurse at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. From medical secretary to research nurse, here Abby talks about her path in research.

Q: How did you become involved in health and care research?

A: I first started my career as a medical secretary. I wanted a new challenge and so applied for a research post as a CTSO. Research is where I found my passion for learning and decided to go on to do my nurse training through university. Approximately 8 years later I am now working in research as a nurse. Had I of not undertaken my first role in research all of those years ago I may never have found my calling.

Q: Why did you get involved in research?

A: Being able to make a difference to the health and care of those is invaluable.

Q: What do you enjoy about working in health and care research?

A: The variety of different trials, specialities and being able to give patients that extra bit of time they may not receive in their usual clinics.

Q: How can research benefit/add to your career?

A: There are always learning opportunities within the different trials you may work upon.

Q: Why do you think health and care research is important?

A: Healthcare is forever changing and evolving, without research into new medications, devices and practices our healthcare would not be able to move forward. Particularly as the health needs of the public is always changing.

Q: What are your hopes for your career in research?

A: To experience a variety of specialities within research and longer term to become a team leader.

Q: Why is it important more people become involved in delivering health and care research?

A: Everyone can make a difference to the delivery of research and even if they are not directly involved but have awareness of the roles available at each hospital this can make a huge impact to patients we care for.

Q: What would you say to someone thinking of starting a career in research?

A: Go for it and you may surprise yourself at how much you enjoy the world of research. Forever learning and improving healthcare.