As a leading site for clinical research globally, Guy’s and St Thomas’ staff are often asked to share their skills with colleagues in other countries.

In particular, we are leaders in the field of research nursing, with research nurses from across the Trust leading or being involved in vital research projects. As a Trust, we are doing a lot to forward nurse-led research, and this is a fast-evolving area.

Because of this leadership, our ICU research team were recently asked to deliver lectures sharing our research nurses’ expertise to a very keen audience of ITU nurses and senior team members from Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar.

Aneta Bociek, ICU Clinical Research Nurse and Joan Nanan, Lead Research Nurse at the Sleep disorders centre teamed up with Gill Arbane, Research Service manager to prepare an accredited four day teaching programme focussing on research for ICU nurse.

The team flew out in September along with Dr Nick Barrett, Clinical Lead for ICU, to deliver the course to around 30 nurses. The course involved lectures, followed by questions and discussion with the audience. The team also led workshops including scenarios related to the ICU research.

The presentations covered a range of topics including:

  • The role of research nurse and the responsibilities of research nurses in the UK
  • the day to day activities involved
  • commencing a study
  • recruitment and screening
  • adverse events
  • sample handling and processing
  • consent and data management.

The content was aimed at ICU nurses who did not have previous knowledge or experience in research and the basic principles of the other research topics were the main focus. The research workshops were aimed at ensuring that the nurses were able to apply theory to practice.

Aneta Bociek, research nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: ”It was an amazing experience and privilege to represent the Trust. The nurses from Qatar were very enthusiastic and dedicated to learning about research. I was very happy to share my knowledge and experience.”

Feedback from the participants was positive. One participant said: “We are very grateful to the nurses from Guys and St Thomas’ for sharing their knowledge and experience with us. We learnt a huge amount and look forward to putting it into practice.”