Clinfield®

Meet the Team

Kelly Gleason

Kelly has worked internationally in various fields of nursing for over 20 years. After taking a Bachelors Degree in Nursing in Canada, Kelly worked in Vancouver, Canada and Bremen, Germany before moving to the USA to work as a travel nurse, and later settling and working in Los Angeles, California. From there, Kelly moved to Europe in 1999 to take a Masters Degree in Nutrition at King's College London, after which she worked as a research nurse in academia as well as the NHS. For the last eleven years, Kelly has led a team of research nurses, first in Cambridge, and latterly in London, working in the field of clinical research. Clinfield came about as a result of Kelly's desire to bring greater 'meaning' to the role of research nurse. She believes that developing research nurses would benefit patients and the healthcare system while bringing greater job satisfaction to those drawn to improving care through research.

Lavinia Magee

Lavinia graduated in Nursing Studies from the University of Ulster, Coleraine. Guy’s Hospital, London, provided Lavinia with early intensive care experience but then, the travel bug bit her. After an eighteen month adventure in Australia and SE Asia, Lavinia returned to intensive care nursing, initially in London and later in Cambridge. The move to Cambridge brought the opportunity to work as a research nurse in anaesthetics and intensive care. This secured her roots in research and clinical trials. Since 1997 she has worked in thoracic oncology at Papworth Hospital, gaining an MSc (Clinical Oncology) at the University of Birmingham, 2003. In her role as Nurse Consultant - Thoracic Oncology, Lavinia's specialist interests lie in the diagnosis and management of lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Deborah Beirne

Debbie has over 20 years experience of nursing within the NHS in diverse settings. Her career has focused on chronic illness in particular, and for the last 15 years in cancer care firstly as a haematology ward sister, moving into oncology research in 1999 in her first research nurse role. Over the last 12 years she has progressed from Band 6 to Band 8 nurse consultant in clinical research and is one of CRUK’s senior nurses. During this time she also completed a masters in health care ethics at the University of Leeds. Based in Leeds, she has vast experience in oncology research, leading a team that supports academic and commercially funded health research. She retains a clinical focus in Melanoma and in particular supporting patients who enrol into clinical trials; and an academic input into the development of bio therapy and small molecule translational cancer research locally. Passionate about the significant contribution nurses bring to the delivery of health research to the patients, she would encourage all nurses to consider the developmental opportunities that this field of nursing brings. Debbie supports Kelly’s desire to increase the profile and support of clinical research nurses and the role Clinfield can play and the development of that goal.

Leslie Gelling

Leslie has been working in clinical research since 1997. After qualifying as a nurse at the Isle of Man Centre for Nurse Education in 1991, Leslie worked in various critical care units until joining the Academic Neurosurgery Unit at the University of Cambridge in 1997. In 2003 Leslie moved to the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Anglia Ruskin University, also in Cambridge, as a Reader in Research Ethics. He has a BSc(Hons) Nursing Studies from the University of Manchester, an MA Applied Research in Health from Anglia Ruskin University and a PhD, also from Anglia Ruskin University. Leslie chairs the National Research Ethics Services’ Cambridge South Research Ethics Committee, is editor of the ‘Journal of Clinical Nursing’ and is a visiting research fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. He was the project lead for the Royal College of Nursing’s ‘Informed Consent for Research in Health and Social Care Research: RCN Guidance for Nurses’, published in 2011, and chaired the working groups for the first and second editions of the ‘Competency Framework for Clinical Research Nurses’. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the European Academy of Nursing Science. Leslie has published and presented widely, especially on research ethics.  Leslie’s research interests include falls in the elderly, the role of hope in health and illness and the ethical conduct of research.

Imperial Lab Group

This group came together to develop and deliver a course tailored to those working in clinical research who have not before worked in a laboratory setting. Their expertise in safety, lab management, sample processing and shipping brings years of experience to this course. They have listened to what research nurses and practitioners need to function safely and competently in their roles and have tailored the course to meet those specific needs.

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