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Robert Pleass leaves CRN South London after five years

Robert Pleass leaves CRN South London after five years

A Research Delivery Manager has bid a fond farewell to CRN South London after five years with the network.

Robert Pleass, who is Research Delivery Manager (RDM) for Divisions 3&5 and Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Lead, is leaving to join CRN North Thames where he will be RDM for Divisions 4&5.

He said it is the right time for him to experience a new challenge. Robert said: 

“I’ll miss everyone and working at CRN South London has really felt like being part of a family, though I am looking forward to new challenges in my career. I’m not too far away and I will still be working with this network at a Pan-London level.

“I’m proud of how our results in the Participant Research Experience Survey (PRES) have really expanded over the last few years. The Administration Team was essential in the last financial year in supporting the data entry from the surveys. I also must say thank you to our flexible workforce, specialty research leads and the senior leadership team for supporting this very important work.

“I am also really pleased with how the research portfolio at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust has grown over the last few years. Our Research Midwife Emma Wayman has done a superb job in supporting the maternity research team within the organisation.”

Every year, the NIHR asks thousands of people who volunteered for health research to give feedback through the PRES so that improvements can be made to services. This is part of the goal to encourage over a million people to take part in research by 2023.

CRN South London’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer Dawn Beaumont-Jewell said: “I’d like to thank Robert for all of his hard work over the last five years, and we all hope he has a fantastic time at CRN North Thames. 

“The experience and insights of our research participants are crucial in the development and ongoing improvement of services, and I look forward to building upon the excellent foundations laid down by Robert in PPIE.”