Caroline Grabau, adult senior research sister

CarolineGrabauCaroline provides nursing leadership and support to four adult nursing teams ensuring that all adult research studies are set up and implemented in the facility according to standards and timelines.



Leading adult nursing

Caroline works with investigators, R&D and the research support team to review incoming adult studies, assessing their feasibility and overseeing the set up and implementation of these studies in the facility.

Appointed adult senior research sister in 2015, she coordinates the day-to-day management of the three adult facility research nursing teams and the nursing team for the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Nutrition. She ensures appropriate cover and skill mix for the smooth running of research projects and supports nurses delivering the research projects. She also collaborates with other senior nurses within the facility to enhance nursing practice and strategy.

Raising the profile of clinical research

Caroline is a member of the UKCRF Network Experimental Medicine Nurses Group and collaborates with other members to raise the profile of clinical research nursing across the whole study pathway and in all clinical settings. Caroline also sits on the UHS nursing and midwifery practice groups and the UHS Medication Safety Group, providing a research nursing voice at these meetings and feeding back practice issues to the CRF.


Caroline qualified as a registered nurse in 1996, obtaining her BSc Hons degree in 2012. She worked predominately in the field of coronary care nursing both in the UK and New Zealand, before joining the facility as a research nurse in 2012. Since working in research, she has been lead nurse for phase 1 vaccine studies and has also worked on rheumatology studies, neurological trauma, orthopedic, nutrition, Alzheimer and Hypertension studies.

In 2012, Caroline was joint nominated for UHS Hospital Heroes research individual/team of the year for her work on a nutrition study. Due to Caroline’s background in cardiac medicine she was also the facility resus link nurse and her work on developing a program of emergency scenario testing afforded her the opportunity to be a joint author for two posters and abstracts that were displayed at both the NIHR Meeting and UKCRF Network Meetings in 2013.