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Learning & Development

Supporting individual development
in health research management,
support and leadership

The Forum is committed to building a programme of learning, training and development resources in research management, support and leadership for health and care to meet the needs of our community. All our open courses are currently offered as virtual courses and symposia.  Each course delegate receives a certificate and a printed workbook.

Our course leaders develop and maintain each course together with a reference group and experienced course trainers, ensuring all material is current and of high quality. Our teams are linked into policy groups and attend regulatory events wherever possible and material is constantly peer reviewed.

We are always developing new courses. If you would like to collaborate, propose a topic, lead a course, join a reference group or become a trainer then please get in contact with the chair of the learning and development group

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Forum Course leaders and trainers are all experienced members of the research management, support and leadership community.

Course leaders are responsible for developing and co-ordinating materials. Course trainers are responsible for delivering the course and supporting the course leader.

  • Allyson Bailey, R&D Officer, NHS Fife
  • Karen Eade, Head of Research, James Paget NHS Trust
  • Christian Sparke, AcoRD Specialist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust & Eastern CRN
  • Carolyn Maloney, Head of Research Operations, University Hosptial Leicester NHS Trust
  • Michelle Eve, Workforce Development Lead, East Midlands CRN
  • Heather Rogers, RD&I Governance Manager, Royal Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Julie James, Monitor & Trainer, University Hospital Leicester NHS Trust
  • Aldona Kirkham, Independent Trainer
  • Russell Joyce, Independent Consultant & Health Sciences Records and Archives Society
  • Kate Greenwood, Forum Manager
  • Phil Good, NIHR CRN CC
  • Helen Hodgson, Health & Care Research Wales
  • Kirsty Hunter, AcoRD Specialist, West Midlands LCRN
  • Katherine Lucas, AcoRD Specialist, Thames Valley & South Midlands

If you would like to apply to become a trainer for one of our existing courses or you are interested in developing new material then please get in touch with our learning group chairs and ask for an application pack via

Course Leaders

Karen Eade

Karen joined the JPUH R&D Department in 2008 as the Trust’s first R&D Coordinator when there was only one other staff member and two part-time bank research nurses. Since then the department has grown significantly and now has 25 full and part-time staff.
Karen became Head of Research in 2015. Karen started working life as a lab technician working for a commercial company manufacturing in-vitro diagnostics and from there career development took me into regulatory affairs within the medical devices, pharmaceutical and contract research sectors. She has also worked in a regulatory capacity within Mental Health. 
Karen’s role is to ensure that the team meets it’s Trust and Research Network objectives, manage the budget, look for areas to generate income and provide support and encouragement to all staff that want to get involved in research, as well as the management of the department’s staff.
Training and development is also part of Karen’s role – she is an NIHR GCP (Good Clinical Practice) Facilitator and a member of the steering committee and teaches on the Essentials of Clinical Research course run by CRN Eastern. Karen also teaches a session on the UEA Fundamentals of Clinical Research Course and, most recently, facilitated at the CRNE Advanced Research In Practice Course.

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