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Kate O’Brien Senior Research Nurse at Freelance Site Consultant, UK


I have been involved in Primary Care (PC) research since 1999 developing a unit from a single investigator to an award winning team of nine staff. I mentored less experienced sites and have delivered workshops supporting new staff. I have represented Primary Care for the East Midlands CRN Industry group, plus held a position on several of the SCRS Site Advocacy Groups.

In 2017 I recognised the need for patients to be more involved in research at the Practice and set up a research group initiative encouraging patient awareness of participation in clinical trials. Their projects so far have included providing feedback to Sponsors and vendors on new technologies, Protocols and patient materials.

This year I retired from the role of research nurse to set up as a freelance consultant advising sites and Sponsors on maximising site performance and efficiency. Almost 20 years of experience has given me a breadth of knowledge on all aspects of the problems faced when running clinical trials and how to solve them. I hope that members of the research group will be keen to continue to work alongside me providing valuable patient’s perspectives on the conduct of clinical trials.

My particular interests are around site selection, feasibility accuracy and patient recruitment and retention.

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