The Centre recently shown its support for the NIHR Campaign #YourPathInResearch with team members sharing their experiences and journeys.
The campaign started on 04 October, to help celebrate James Lind’s birthday who in 1747 conducted the first clinical trial to find a cure for scurvy.
Members of the team were asked ‘What makes you proud about being part in research?’ and ‘What would you say to someone thinking about making research part of their career?’.
Carol, Manager of the Centre, said ‘After a happy, rewarding career in the NHS for many years I made the move to research in 2012 and have never looked back. I have the honour to be part of the CBMEH based in Leicester working on research and community engagement to drive down the gap in health inequalities. I am immensely proud of our Centre’s achievements in promoting the inclusion of diverse and marginalised communities and making research more accessible.’
Michelle, part of the Centre, said, ‘Its my 10th anniversary this year of working in research! Its such an inspiring, challenging and different way of working compared to other areas of the NHS that I’ve been in. However, I look forward to the next 10 years!’.
Donna, part of the Centre and Assistant Director for NIHR ARC East Midlands said, ‘Its great to be part of such an inspiring and innovative team!’.
Julian, Equality and Diversity Consultant for the Centre, said, ‘Making research equality-minded and more relevant to everyone.’
Nasima, Project Support Assistant for the Centre, said, ‘I have joined the CBMEH in 2015 to work on research, The CBMEH collaborates with voluntary and community settings allowing research to be more accessible to diverse communities locally and nationally. I am very proud to work for CBMEH and in health research.’
Pamela, Community Researcher said, ‘My work at the CBMEH enables me a great opportunity to support the normalising of research and help to extend the reach to communities that don’t readily engage. I am driven to ensure those voices are heard.’
Sunny, Project Support Officer for the Centre, said, ‘Having joined the Centre for BME Health in 2017, I have thoroughly enjoyed working in various programmes and research projects. I have been fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to develop innovative forms of community engagement to drive down the gap in health inequalities. Working closely with diverse communities enables us to promote inclusion, encourage their involvement and make research more accessible for all.’
Further news and information about the campaign can be found at https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/campaigns/yourpathinresearch/