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Research administrator shares her experience of working during COVID-19

Research administrator shares her experience of working during COVID-19

An Information Systems Administrator has spoken about what it has been like to work for CRN South London during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Information Systems Administrator Faith Omotayo joined the network’s core team in February. Faith’s role involves assisting the wider Business Intelligence team in delivering digital solutions for CRN South London.

Faith, 22, believes clinical research is essential in progressing the development of medicine for the benefit of patients. She said:

I’m very fortunate to have been able to spend a couple weeks in the office with colleagues before the COVID-19 lockdown, which has led to most people having to work remotely. Working remotely during this time has been interesting, different and challenging.

“However, I have been blessed to work with wonderful managers that are patient and incredibly helpful in teaching me the ropes. I like that the network recognises the importance of maintaining and enhancing everyone’s wellbeing.

“I am privileged to work in a department that touches upon new treatments and drives patient care. I take pride in supporting research teams during this exciting but uncertain time. Clinical research enables researchers to question and refine pre-established methods continually to ensure that the best quality of care is given to people.”

Faith, who has a master’s degree in Musculoskeletal Science from University College London, also talked about her ambitions for the year ahead. She continued:

“I’d like to be a key contributor to development and process discussions within the Business Intelligence team; develop working relationships with others across the network; and improve my skill set. I am interested in the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and surgery for patient enhancement and I’d like to support researchers who are working in this area.”

Information Officer Michael Eckett, who manages Faith, said: “It's been a pleasure having Faith become part of the team. She has worked incredibly hard to pick everything up as quickly as possible and has kept a positive attitude despite the challenge of learning new skills and procedures whilst working from home.”