70@70: The NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme.

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NIHR 70@70 awards for Imperial nurses

Two senior nurses from Imperial have been awarded places on the 70@70: The NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme.

Dr Enrique Castro-Sanchez and Dr Anne-Marie Russell were both successful in the highly competitive scheme set up to strengthen nursing and midwifery research leadership across England. 70 nurses and midwives have been selected to participate in the programme, which aims to improve the visibility of nursing and midwifery in all NIHR activities, to raise the profile of the NIHR and to improve and secure the development of the academic pathway for nurses and midwives.

Each Senior Nurse or Midwife Research Leader will be funded at 0.4WTE to promote and support an integrated research culture in their organisation, and to form a national community which will better link the research assets across England.

Enrique Castro-Sánchez is currently the Lead Academic Research Nurse at the Health Protection Research Unit in AMR & Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) at Imperial College London, working on the theme “Innovations in behaviour change, technology and patient safety to improve infection prevention and antimicrobial use”. He is also an Honorary Consultant Nurse in Communication & Patient Engagement at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

His research interests include health literacy in infectious diseases and healthcare-associated infections; health inequalities on infectious diseases; policy influence on the management of infectious diseases; and roles for citizens in appropriate use of antibiotics. He has received postdoctoral fellowships to explore social aspects of antimicrobial use and participation of nurses in antimicrobial stewardship efforts. Enrique has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in infection control and Royal College of Nursing national lead for Sexual Health and HIV.  He was designated as Emerging Leader in International Infectious Diseases in 2016 by the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

Anne-Marie Russell is currently a Senior Clinical Research Fellow, funded by the Imperial Health Charity & NIHR Imperial BRC and an Honorary Nurse consultant in Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.  Her research interests are in patient-reported outcome measures (PROMS); patient reported experience measures and the application of authentic patient-centered methodologies.

Her doctoral research at Imperial College resulted in a 12-item PRoM (© 2018 Imperial Innovations Ltd.) for people diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. This measure is undergoing further validation in UK; US and South American IPF populations; it has been translated into Danish German Spanish and Portuguese and is incorporated in an IPF App ©patientMpower.  Anne-Marie has an International profile, representing ILD nursing interests at the programme committee of the American Thoracic Society. She is the chair of the ILD interdisciplinary network and national lead for the ILD Network mentorship programme; secretary to ERS nursing group in Assembly 9 and scientific committee member of the European Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis & Related Disorders Federation.

Enrique and Anne-Marie will work closely with Prof Mary Wells, Lead Nurse for Research, and Prof Janice Sigsworth, Chief Nurse, to build research capacity and capability in nursing and midwifery at Imperial, and to deliver on the recently published Strategic Plan Research is Everyone’s Business.

Professor Sigsworth said ‘I  am delighted. This will bring additional focus on building on the firm foundation at Imperial in developing research capacity and capability.’

Professor Wells said ‘Enrique and Anne-Marie are both inspirational clinical academic nurse leaders in their respective fields. I am really looking forward to working with them to ensure that nursing and midwifery research is central to the future of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the AHSC.’

  • Prof Mary Wells
    Prof Mary Wells
    Professor and Lead for Nursing and Midwifery - Theme Committee Member
  • Imperial Health Charity
  • NIHR Health Protection Research Unit