Date: 01 November 2018
Today, Thursday 1 November, Professor Caroline Wroe joins the CRN NENC senior management team as Deputy Clinical Director. Alongside this most recent appointment, Caroline is a Consultant Kidney specialist at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and honorary Professor at Teesside University.
Caroline's clinical and research interests are living kidney donation and medical leadership. Initially deputy and then director of Research and Innovation at South Tees Hospitals from December 2015, Caroline has experience leading and growing research in a large acute hospital, working collaboratively with local Universities and medical technology companies and more recently to set up the Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance. Having also worked as Renal Specialty Group lead for the North East and North Cumbria, Caroline has a wealth of experience as an investigator for complex interventional, commercial and observational studies.
Caroline went to medical school in Birmingham, married a Geordie and moved to the North East to complete her specialist training, she has a PhD investigating the genetic causes of glomerulosclerosis (a common form of kidney disease) from the Institute of Human Genetics, Newcastle University.
Caroline also leads the living kidney donor service in Teesside, which is a UK exemplar of good practice in living donation, is chair of the UK Living Kidney Donor network and sits on the UK strategic implementation group for living kidney donation. In this role Caroline influences national strategy and works with patient groups, NHS Blood and Transplant, NHS England and clinical colleagues.
Family is important to Caroline, as a mum of three daughters she is passionate about building an environment where women can thrive and are supported and inspired to participate in research and take up leadership roles. Caroline is also chair of trustees for a national homelessness and housing charity and is passionate about inclusion, transformation and equity of access to high quality health prevention and care.
Caroline said: "I am passionate about leading research to transform healthcare in society and I am excited to take on this challenging role”.
"I look forward to meeting and working with all research colleagues over the coming months. Research is my passion and I am excited to take on the challenges of the role."
Professor Steve Robson, Clinical Director of the network said: "It is an honour to announce Caroline Wroe's successful appointment as Deputy Clinical Director.
"Caroline brings to the role a great wealth of clinical research knowledge and experience and I know she will hit the ground running - congratulations Caroline."
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