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SEM DRN Core Team 


Committed to expanding
diabetes research across
the region in both Primary 
and Secondary care.


Professor Melanie Davies and Professor Kamlesh Khunti


Read more about Professor Melanie Davies and Professor Kamlesh Khunti

Sue Enright
Senior Network Manager

Sue Enright has taken on the role as Operation Director to support the Leicester Clinical Trials Unit for the next 12 months,  Sue will remain part of the Network’s strategic management team, which means that we will continue to have access to all the background information and knowledge that Sue has built-up and acquired over the last 6 years. 


Stephanie Goldby
Senior Project Lead / Primary Care Lead

In 1999 I joined Diabetes Research at Leicester General Hospital, providing temporary cover for the Senior Research Nurse. Ten years later, in January 2009, I joined the Diabetes Research Department at Leicester Royal Infirmary to set up and lead the Let’s Prevent Diabetes study – and many of the same faces were still in the department!
My work with Let’s Prevent required the recruitment of 44 GP practices within Leicester and Leicestershire, so I quickly built up an excellent relationship with the PCRN (Primary Care Research Network) covering the area who supported this exercise. [A case study can be found on the NIHR website]
In my role as Primary Care Lead I act as the link between the DRN and the PCRN to enable support with participant identification for studies running within secondary care when patients are located in primary care. Initially developing the process in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland, we have developed links with the PCRN in South Yorkshire, Trent and, more recently Birmingham. We are very fortunate that the same PCRN region (EMSY – East Midlands and South Yorkshire) covers the majority of the SEM DRN so it has been easy to roll out the working practices, adapting them slightly in the different areas.
I liaise with the relevant PCRN Locality Manager to alert them to the need for PICs. develop the practice brief (study summary for the GPs) and searches, and the PCRN then identifies the practices. From then on, throughout the PIC activity process, I act as the liaison point between the study team and the PCRN. I meet with the locality managers (separately) on a 4-6 week basis to discuss forthcoming & ongoing studies and any issues that have arisen. If you require any support or advice with PICs, please get in touch.

Jayne Hill
Research Management & Governance Manager

My role within the SEM DRN is diverse and embraces far more than research governance. I have been with the Network since it began in 2006 and have seen it develop into what it is today. Day to day my primary role is to support IRAS applications throughout the Network. I facilitate practical IRAS training sessions around our sites and also offer one-to-one training for new investigators / study coordinators on how to upload recruitment data and the importance of doing so. I will soon be offering training on CSP Module so that study coordinators can track the progress of their study through the R&D approval system. I am happy to be contacted for help and advice around governance and recruitment upload issues.

Jo Howe
Senior Clinical Research Unit Manager

I have been a trained Nurse for 32 years, during which time I have worked in Orthopaedics and Acute Medicine within University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) and have also worked in the community as a District Nurse. I have been working in research since 1996. I was appointed as the first Diabetes Research Nurse at the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) working mainly on pharma studies at that time.
The Diabetes Research team at the LRI began to grow from 2002 when we began STAR, a large screening study, and has been growing ever since. During that time I have been involved with many pharma and own account studies in diabetes looking at new treatments for diabetes and pre diabetes, devices and education techniques along with the on-going large screening studies.
When the Research Networks were set up in 2006 I became Lead Nurse for the South East Midlands Diabetes Research Network (SEM DRN) which originally consisted of Leicestershire and Rutland, Northampton and Kettering and Lincoln. We have gradually gained affiliated sites such as Nottingham, Birmingham, Derby, Sheffield and, most recently, Doncaster and Rotherham. One of my roles is to provide clinical support and guidance to the Research Nurses within SEM DRN.
Since the opening of the new Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC), I have progressed to the role of Senior Clinical Research Unit Manager which includes managing all of the 22 nursing staff, while continuing to support the wider SEM DRN team.
Part of my remit at the LDC is to ensure that both the pharma and academic studies are adequately staffed and clinics allocated accordingly. I also carry out study feasibilities and advise on protocol and SOP development, study costings and manage the logistics of the collection of clinical data for all LDC clinical trials on a day to day basis. My team of nurses and I will also be supporting the studies coming through the new Biomedical Research Unit that the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Loughborough were awarded this year which is also hosted at LDC.

Harpal Ghattoraya
Industry & Network Liaison Manager

I joined the SEM DRN in November 2011 as Industry and Network Liaison Manager, a new role within the department. The main function of the role is around supporting the co-ordination of commercial and non-commercial portfolio studies in terms of delivery, performance and recruiting to target in line with the current NIHR High Level Objectives. My role is interesting and very varied; I work on setting up commercial contracts (mCTAs), databases and internal finance processes plus general operational management functions within the team. I liaise with the CLRN, University, network sites to name but a few as well as working closely with the SEM DRN core management team.

Claire Studd & Michelle Izzard
Patient and Public Involvement Lead


Alison Caputo
Network Administrator


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