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Allied health professionals in research


Research isn’t just for nurses and doctors. Healthcare professionals across the board can add research to their careers  from physiotherapists to dietitians, paramedics to speech therapists.

The local Clinical Research Networks (CRNs) across the south east are shining a spotlight on allied health professionals (AHPs) in research. Take a look at their stories and find out more about adding research to your career.


AHPs in research — career stories





Ellie Tanner — Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

"Research allows us to pick out the injustices, inequalities and, at times, the failings of health and social care to improve the services we all access at one point in our lives. Research is pivotal to shaping a brighter and healthier future."

Read more: Ellie's story




Erica Dodd — Research Delivery Team at CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex

"I feel that working in research has improved my knowledge and skills as a clinician… It has opened opportunities to work with professionals in many different disciplines which historically I would not have had. It is exciting to be part of the development of future care practices."

Read more: Erica’s story


Specialist Surgical Dietitian



Cécile Taylor — Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

"The work I’ve conducted in research so far has allowed me to connect with my patients in a completely new way, working with them to identify and explore solutions to problems together."

Read more: Cécile’s story


Critical Care Dietitian



Brigid Sharkey — Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

"I would say to any AHP that is considering research, reach out to your local research team and see what support and guidance they could offer."

Read more: Brigid’s story


Senior Clinical Academic Speech and Language Therapist



Dr Gemma Clunie — Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

"My research has meant I am more confident in supporting my patients through their diagnosis and surgery in terms of the advice, assessment, and management that I offer."

Read more: Gemma’s story


Physiotherapist — neurological and vestibular disorders



Rebecca Smith — Imperial College London

"I think it motivates staff to think outside the box and importantly we can include patient voices in how we shape our clinical practice."

Read more: Rebecca's story


Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist



Christopher Horler — Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and Sussex MSK Partnership

"Research can help us understand the patient's views and experiences, which can help us to improve our health services or healthcare provision."

Read more: Christopher's story


Advanced Clinical Practice Hand Therapist



Lisa Newington — Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

"Curiosity is key. Research and service improvement questions are driven by thinking about why we do what we do and how we might improve treatment and care for people by working alongside patients."

Read more: Lisa’s story


Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Haemophilia



Paul McLaughlin — Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

"Keeping the patient at the forefront of what we do and how we should do it means that together we can create research questions that are meaningful, with outcomes and outputs that may be more applicable in the real world."

Read more: Paul’s story


Find out more about research careers