Director of nursing, NIHR Clinical Research Network
Dr Susan Hamer is director of nursing, learning and organisational development for the National Institute for Health Research’s Clinical Research Network
She works towards providing the infrastructure to facilitate high-quality clinical research in the NHS, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments.
She is passionate about the development of the healthcare workforce and works with colleagues to ensure the NIHR CRN has a vibrant and integrated clinical leadership culture.
She understands that a positive work environment is key to high performance and leads a team to develop timely, high-quality learning opportunities.
A role as national leader in the Department of Health Informatics Directorate convinced Susan of the possibilities for technology to enhance practice and to support innovation in patient-led services.
She sees the development of digital confidence and accessible information as crucial to this. Susan is a regular writer and is the author of Achieving Evidence-based Practice and Leadership and Management: A Three-Dimensional Approach.
In 2012 she received the EHI CCIO award for Clinical IT leadership and in 2013 was named one of HSJ’s Inspirational Women.
In 2015 she was on the HSJ Top 100 Clinical Leaders, and was also on the Nursing Times Leaders list, which recognises and celebrates pioneers, entrepreneurs and inspirational role models in nursing and midwifery. Susan is a fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.