Postgraduate students at Imperial come from a wide variety of disciplines; while many undertake research directly after undergraduate study, others have chosen to enter after professional experience in the health sector. Below are profiles of a few of our current students.
Public Health/Patient Safety Researcher and Honorary Lecturer, Imperial College, London, Department of Infectious Diseases
Eleanor is currently Public Health/Patient Safety Researcher at Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust and Honorary Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour, Imperial College, London. She gained a MA in Managing Health Services from Manchester University and a MSc in Organizational Behaviour from Birkbeck College, University of London. She has worked over the last nine years in senior health services management positions in patient safety, human resources and organisational development (OD). Her most recent position was as Director of Organisational Development and Human Resources at the Royal Surrey County Hospitals Trust in Guildford. Eleanor is undertaking an interdisciplinary PhD at Imperial College, researching organizational resilience and infection prevention within the Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality (CPSSQ).
She says, ‘Working with health psychologists and clinicians within the CPSSQ has provided fascinating insights into related areas of patient safety and organisational psychology and offers a stimulating research environment to work in. The facilities are excellent, including a comprehensive digital library, developmental courses and access to world-renowned academics. I enjoy the challenge of working in a relatively new topic area and have been fully supported by my supervisors to undertake exploratory research, in a developing field.'
When I qualified as a dietitian, I knew that I wanted to combine dietetic practice and research, keen not just to follow evidence based practice but to help establish it. My PhD at Imperial has enabled me to do this. I am now conducting translational research investigating the role of dietary fats in the development of obesity. I still see my study participants as a dietitian, but I am also able to take a wider role in the planning, supervision and interpretation of research studies. I think Imperial cannot be matched for enabling postgraduates to conduct research within a highly respected, experienced and multi-disciplinary team.
I started my PhD in October of 2008 after completing a Bsc Hons degree in Nutrition. I am now continuing my work in nutrition looking into developing therapies to try and combat malnutrition in the ageing population and in the hospital setting. As a research student at Imperial College London I am able to enjoy the excellent cultural and social opportunities that the capital brings whilst taking full advantage of the excellent research facilities here at Hammersmith Hospital to conduct my research studies.
Lina Johansson qualified and started work as a clinical dietitian in 1998. She specialised on the nutritional care for the renal patient. Her interest in developing her research skills within the area of nephrology prompted her to start a PhD through Imperial College London focusing on investigating the quality of life of older patients on dialysis through the BOLDE study (Broadening Options for Long-term Dialysis for the Elderly) through both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The PhD is funded by Kidney Research UK via Baxter Healthcare with the collaboration of the Renal Association and British Renal Society. It is due to be completed in November 2010.
Areas of interest within end stage kidney disease:
Quality of life in the elderly
Nutrition in the elderly
Cognitive function in the elderly
Lead Pharmacist, Medication Safety Research
Centre for Medication Safety and Service Quality, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and The School of Pharmacy, University of London
Tel: +44 (0)20 383 0521
Monsey started her PhD as a part-time student in February 2009. Her research is on the use of systems improvement tools to increase medication safety and will be focused on medication administration errors in particular. As a pharmacist working at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, her interest in medication errors was inspired by some of the leading international figures in this area who are based within the Pharmacy department. Her previous experience as a renal specialist pharmacist whose work involved a large amount of patient contact has contributed to her growing interest in patient involvement in research and is currently looking to develop this as part of her PhD.