Date: 22 November 2018
Dr Sue Taylor has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) West of England, effective immediately.
Dr Taylor was previously Interim Chief Operating Officer from February 2016.
Dr Taylor has a long history of supporting research delivery. This passion for research started during the early stages of her nursing career (RGN/RSCN/BSc Hons Child Health Nursing, Doctorate in Nursing) where she witnessed how research could improve health outcomes for patients. Dr Taylor’s initial academic and clinical work focused on how nursing evidence could be developed to impact upon and change nursing care for patients.
Previously Dr Taylor was employed as a Trust R&D manager and at the Welsh Assembly, where she led a nursing modernising project. Dr Taylor has worked with research networks since 2010, first as Lead Research and Governance Manager for the Western Comprehensive Research Network (WCRN) until 2012, and then as Senior Manager for the WCRN until 2014. She was appointed as Nurse Consultant and Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the CRN West of England in 2014.
Growth, performance and increased collaboration within the Network are the key strategic priorities for the region for the future.
Dr Taylor said: "Our performance as a Network and as a region has improved steadily over the past two years, a testament to the hard work of everyone involved in research in the West of England. Our aims over the next three years are to build on this strong foundation, using our existing expertise to capitalise upon the new opportunities available through the widening of research-eligible settings. I am looking forward to working with everyone in the Network."
Dr Kyla Thomas, Clinical Director of the CRN WE, said: “Our main priorities moving forward are around improving performance, growth and fostering collaboration. I look forward to working with Dr Taylor, along with colleagues and partners across the Network, to enable us to deliver higher quality health research to improve health outcomes for our population.”
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