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Our Team – Research Nursing

Illingworth's Research Nursing Team

An Introduction to our Research Nursing Team

Illingworth Research is proud to employ trained research nurses, meaning these nurses are specifically trained in conducting clinical trial work on a regular basis. We have previously utilised the skills of adult and paediatric trained research nurses as well as midwives, depending on the specific requirement of the study. Our research nurses are fully trained in both nursing and clinical research setting them aside from other providers.

Our research nursing team are passionate about providing a solution for those who would like to be involved in a trial but may not have the time or ability to complete regular hospital visits. Our nurses have attended at a range of locations to complete research, including; the home, local schools, hospitals and even pop-up trial spaces. Our hope is that by bringing trials out of the clinical environment we will remove some of the fear associated with trials and reduce drop-out rates providing more valid figures for our sponsors.

John Illingworth, Chief Executive Officer

Having gained over 30 years of experience, initially at ICI (now AstraZeneca) and then at Serono, John became a freelance Clinical Research Manager in 1996. He founded Clinical Development and Support Services Ltd (CDSS) in 1998. John spent 10 years teaching on the MSc in Clinical Research, Diploma and Certificate courses at Liverpool John Moores University and is still an honorary lecturer there. He was on the executive committee of the Association of Clinical Research in the pharmaceutical industry (now the Institute for Clinical Research) for 6 years.

Whilst gaining his Institute of Directors Diploma in company direction, John continued to oversee the steady expansion of CDSS, promoting the company both within the UK and overseas to the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device industries and is a familiar and respected face at conferences, exhibitions and seminars all over the world.

Following the expansion of CDSS and the growth of its contract research nursing operation to become the leading independent supplier of research nurses in the UK, John oversaw the strategic realignment of the company in 2011 to become Illingworth Research Ltd and ResearchNurses.co allowing both companies to focus on their core business of clinical trial management and contract supply of Research Nurses respectively.

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Dr Mike Davies, Chief Medical Officer

A high achieving Medic and Surgeon and latterly senior pharmaceutical executive whose broad experience and understanding of the clinical research environment provides an invaluable resource for the Illingworth Research team.

His significant history in both medicine and surgery facilitated his transition into pharmaceutical medicine, where he developed over ten patents for work in the discovery of wound healing, dermatology and cardiovascular compounds. Mike has provided scientific and medical expertise and leadership to a global product strategy from concept through to registration and throughout the life-cycle of important and valuable medical compounds.

Having completed clinical research in all four phases of drug development and gained extensive experience in areas of drug development and marketing, Mike now provides consultancy advice on pharmaceutical and clinical affairs.

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Juliet Hulse, Director of Research Nursing

Juliet joined the company in 2011 as a Senior Research Nurse and after several promotions was appointed the position of Director of Research Nursing in 2016. Juliet has over 15 years’ experience within clinical research, commencing her career in cardiology research covering multiple Phase I- IV trials within the UK National Health Service. Juliet more recently specialised in neurology research, in particular, the field of multiple sclerosis, working on both commercial and non-commercial phase I – IV trials.

Over the past 6 years, Juliet has performed Research Nurse home visits, performed throughout Spain, for a large global paediatric study in Essential Thrombocytopenia.

She has wide experience in the management of trial projects from initiation to close out as well as working with site investigators to improve patient recruitment and patient retention to the study protocols. Juliet’s nursing skills are broadened to include ECG analysis, venepuncture, cannulation, advanced neurological assessment and the rapid response to complex adverse events. She believes developing a strategy that places the patient in the centre of the trial is vital for a successful study. As the Director of Research Nursing, Juliet is responsible for the overall strategic development of the research nursing service and management of the Research Nurse team including training and development.

Anita joined Illingworth Research in 2013 and came to the company with a background in dental practice management, having led a referral practice in the role of Registered Manager for several years. Anita moved to the Research Nurses.co side of the business in 2015 to provide administrative and logistical support to the Research Nurses.co management team. She was appointed Associate Director of Research nursing in 2016, having supported and coordinated a number of studies, including Phase I clinical trials.

Working alongside the Director of Research Nursing, Anita oversees HR and provides support to the Research Nursing Team. Additionally, she actively promotes the growth of the company by taking an active role in business development and growing the Research Nursing bank database. Well experienced in liaising with Trust R&D departments, Anita routinely communicates directly with R&D in providing the appropriate assurances to facilitate our nurses working on their studies.

Anita has worked on many studies involving homecare, from set-up to close out. Embracing a patient-centric approach, Anita has a passion for studies involving homecare, having seen the positive impact it has for patients, thus supporting and promoting patient recruitment and retention.