I have completed training in Good Clinical Practice for conducting and leading research studies. At present I am the principle investigator on three studies and I am involved in a number of other associated research projects. I am a member of the research Committee at St Peter’s Hospital.
Over the last twenty years my research has resulted in a large number of published papers and abstracts which I have written or co-written. The subjects range from multi-centre drug studies through to more diverse qualitative subjects wuch as medication packaging, the meaning of stiffness as a symptom and how patients manage with taking multiple medications.
I have been an active researcher at OMERACT (Outcome Measures in Rheumatology Clinical Trials) since 2002 within which I have been instrumental with Professors John Kirwan and Sarah Hewlett from Bristol Royal Infirmary in enabling patients to participate in setting the research agenda for national and international rheumatology trials. I provide support and education to the patient participants in OMERACT at the international meetings every two years.
I have co-supervised a PhD student at the University of East of England researching flares in rheumatoid arthritis and have supported a number of other PhD students in their research.
Working to Support Patient Groups and Communities
I provide educational and practical support to a number of Surrey patient support groups and have given talks to the Surrey NRAS group (National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society), the Surrey Lupus Group, Arthritis Care Woking branch, the Surrey NASS (National Anklylosing Spondylitis Society) and helped to found the Surrey Polymyalgia Support group.
I am the medical advisor to the North West Surrey Osteoporosis Society (NOS) and have given talks and practical support to raise awareness of osteoporosis in Surrey for the last twenty years.