As part of efforts across the region to develop and enhance the research culture for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, and Pharmacists, Oxford Academic Health Partners (OAHP) has established a Research Development Award Scheme. This scheme supports clinical staff employed across the five OAHP partner organizations to develop their capability and capacity for research through education, practice development and training, with an emphasis on collaboration and partnership working.
Amanda Colston is a Senior Research Nurse and Team Lead at the NIHR Oxford Cognitive Health Clinical Research Facility (CRF), the only dedicated mental health CRF in England.
Hosted in Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust’s Warneford Hospital, the CRF delivers early-phase experimental clinical research on treatment-resistant depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and dementia. It will soon be trialing psychedelic treatments and is currently running ten clinical research studies, with up to 15 in set-up.
Amanda’s role is to oversee the CRF’s dementia studies and the team of research nurses. She received funding from the OAHP Research Development Awards to support her through an MSc in Clinical Research with the School of Pharmacology at Cardiff University.
Read the full article and interview with Amanda on the Oxford Academic Health Partners website.