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Edinburgh-based nurse hailed for leading A&E clinical research work

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An Edinburgh-based clinician credited with having “formidable leadership skills” has been named Scottish Clinical Research Nurse of the Year for 2017.

Registered nurse Miranda Odam is the research manager of NHS Lothian’s Emergency Medicine Research Group of Edinburgh (EMERGE), which is based in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The team co-ordinates the hospital’s emergency department research activity, with the aim of improving care directly through comparing treatments or indirectly via evaluating work processes.

She received two nominations for the award, one of which described her as “a great leader, who has utilised her vision and experience to support and enable change and develop emergency research nursing for individuals and the team as a whole”.

Her other nominator described Ms Odam as a “formidable leader and manager”.

“She is commonly first into the office in the morning and last away at night, and is never one to refuse a new and exciting research opportunity for the team,” they said.

“She has ensured that EMERGE is an exciting and motivated group, a place where people want to work, driven to produce high quality research for the benefit of people, for patients, for her colleagues, and for emergency department clinical staff,” they added.

Ms Odam joined EMERGE in July 2014, and has a background in emergency nursing, having worked mostly in Western Australia. She also has a master’s degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

She was presented with her award at the annual conference of the Scottish Research Nurse and Co-ordinators Network by SRNCN committee member Jean Bruce.

The SRNCN was established 11 years ago to support the education and development of clinical research nurses in Scotland.

Its annual conference was held in Dundee on 17 March and was attended by 150 delegates from all over Scotland.

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