Jennifer Allison, senior research nurse manager

Jennifer AllisonJennifer ensures the quality and safety of our clinical activities and environment, managing the delivery of research studies and clinical services through our well-trained, expert research nurses and allied health professionals.

Email: Jennifer.Allison@uhs.nhs.uk

Nursing leadership and trial development

In collaboration with the directors, Jennifer leads strategic development of the facility and our nursing team, providing professional leadership and developing specialist roles in key areas including rheumatology, ophthalmology, hepatology and children's research.

Her work with researchers, advising principal investigators (PIs) on trial planning, is critical to ensuring they have the appropriate research staff to carry out a wide range of complex studies.

Ensuring quality

Jennifer ensures the facility, as a department of the hospital, is compliant with all relevant clinical requirements as well as stringent research regulations. She helps shape the strategic direction of the facility, working closely with her directors and colleagues across the Trust and University to ensure well trained staff are available to undertake a varied portfolio of clinical research which will improve the health of patients.

International and national roles

Jennifer's roles include the international and national leadership in advancing research nursing practice and the professional development of research nurses. Now a member of the IACRN board, she is a founder member of the strategic planning team of the UK Clinical Research Facility Network, which works to link all of the NIHR-funded clinical research facilities across the UK.

In 2011 Jennifer received the Distinguished Clinical Research Award from the International Association of Research Nurses (IACRN).

Career

Jennifer was appointed senior nurse manager in 2004 having joined the facility in 2003 from a research nurse position in the nephrology unit at the Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital. This followed Jennifer’s role coordinating the research and care of children and adults around the world affected with familial dysautonomia (FD), a rare genetic condition that results in sensory problems and the body having difficulty controlling blood pressure and basic functions, at the New York University Medical Center (NYUMC). This research led to life extending breakthroughs including location of the faulty gene responsible for this disease. She originally qualified as a nurse in her native New York and has co-authored a number of papers in research and nursing journals.