Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Foundation Trust has appointed its first ever paediatric research nurse to help with clinical trials involving children.
Marjorie Carling, who has been seconded to the role for 12 months, will work across Scunthorpe General Hospital and the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby.
She has previously worked as paediatric outpatients team leader at Scunthorpe hospital and as lead paediatric nurse for its tuberculosis screening and treatment service – she will continue in the latter role during her secondment.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been given this opportunity to help drive forward new developments within paediatric care.”
Ms Carling will support paediatric clinicians in delivering studies by screening patients, assisting in patient recruitment and running clinics for treatments and follow up.
The trust already has paediatric trials underway in diabetes, epilepsy, lactose intolerance and nephrotic syndrome.
Deborah Bates, trust head of research and professional development, said: “This new role will build on the success of the research nursing team by broadening the areas within the trust where we currently offer trials.
“More young patients within the trust will now be able to participate in new and innovative treatments and studies that are available as part of research projects, including clinical trials of investigational medicinal products.”
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