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Lead Research Nurse
Rachel Ochiel
Before Rachel came to the Royal Free, she was a Team Leader in an Intensive Care Unit in Kenya. Following that, she worked in a Phase I clinical trials unit carrying out high risk “first time in man” studies.

Rachel has led the clinical trials unit since 2006. She has overall responsibility for all the research work in the department. This involves ensuring that all studies are well resourced and executed in line with all legislative requirements and that patients continue to have superb care while they are in the trials.

Research Nurses
Olanike Akinsurlire, Angelique Smit, Yvonne Tan, Joanna Lansell, Karl Salazar
Our senior research nurses have developed specialised skills and knowledge relating to the conduct of clinical trials, the therapies and disease.

Their responsibilities include co-ordination of care of patients on trials, collection and preparation of biological samples, collection of trial data, administration of medications and education of patients and colleagues.
Although our unit functions as one whole, each of our nurses takes a lead on a particular trial, and is a direct contact point for patients in that trial.

Data Manager
Lovia Parkinson
Lovia is responsible for data input, data analysis for presentations and reports, trial data administration and co-ordination according to clinical trial protocols and in compliance with Good Clinical Practice Guidelines for Research (ICH-GCP). She provides maintenance and support for equipment used for data collection and to act as a link with the Trust IT department.

Clinical Trials Administrator
The trials administrator is responsible for providing and co-ordinating high quality comprehensive administrative work within the clinical trials research department including data entry. This also includes ensuring accurate recording of patient information, keeping therapy notes and databases up to date and, effective delivery of administration processes.

Clinical Trials Co coordinator
Ivy Wanjiku
Ivy works mainly alongside the Lead Research Nurse and is responsible for ensuring that all trials carried out in the clinical trials unit are conducted according to ICH-GCP, the industry standard for good clinical practice in clinical trials.

Clinical Trials Technician
Dipa Ghedia
Dipa works alongside the research nurses. She assists the nurses in performing study specific assessments such as 6 minute walk tests, ECG’s and vital measurements. Dipa also processes biological samples so they can be shipped off for analysis. Dipa’s other duties include the management of observational studies; this involves patient recruitment, booking and carrying out patient follow up visits.

Clinical Trials Doctors
We have clinical support from the Rheumatology and Pulmonary Hypertension doctors, including the consultants and the clinical research fellows. Doctors are responsible for consenting patients for studies, seeing them at some study visits, assessing patients when there are clinical issues and collecting data.

If you are interested in participating in any trial please contact the team on
02073177544 or email: rf.clinicaltrials@nhs.net


Rheumatology Clinical Trials Unit Staff