Your Path in Research: Joan Redome, Senior Research Nurse
Joan, from Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust shares her career in research so far.
When did you first get involved in research?
I first got involved in research when I joined Research and Development in January 2020.
Why did you decide to get involved?
I decided to get involved because I have always been interested in research. As an undergraduate, I was involved in a research study on prostate cancer awareness among males. Also, I wrote ‘A Quantitative and Qualitative Study on the Eating Behaviours of Fashion Models: Perceived Causes and Consequences’ for my master’s thesis.
What has been the highlight of your research career so far?
The highlights of my research career so far are: becoming Torbay Hospital’s lead nurse for the RECOVERY trial, the world’s largest clinical trial into treatments for COVID-19; and successfully getting a Research Associateship award.
Why do you believe research is important?
I believe research is important because it builds up our evidence-based practices, improving healthcare and patient outcomes.
What do you love about your job?
I love the fact that I play a role in the discovery of new treatments for various diseases, as well as the many opportunities for professional development.
Why would you recommend research as a career to others?
Research as a career is very rewarding. I would recommend research as a career because it allows you to be involved in interesting if not life-changing trials, and even gives you the opportunity to maybe conduct your own research.
Find out how you can be part of research on the National Institute for Health Research website.