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Alison Lynch, Deputy Chief Nurse

Alison Lynch is Group Deputy Chief Nurse at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).  Alison’s interest in research is driven by the ambition to increase the number of nursing, midwifery, and allied health professionals as active researchers, and in seeing the evidence of research in practice improving outcomes for patients.

As a registered nurse, Alison also holds an MSc in Clinical Nursing from the University of Manchester, where she previously held a joint appointment as Programme Director for MSc Clinical Nursing whilst working in advanced practice at Bolton Hospitals NHS FT.   She was also previously Visiting Professor at Chester University.

Alison has particular interests in falls prevention and wound care, but also in helping to prepare NHS managers to support registrants to develop clinical academic careers.  She looks forward to working in the newly launched Manchester Clinical Academic Centre, and to seeing academic careers flourish for the benefit of the future health of the populations we serve.

Tim Twelvetree, Research Development Manager, MFT and Lecturer, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, The University of Manchester

Tim has been working in a jointly funded role as Research Fellow and Lecturer with MFT and The University of Manchester since 2009. Tim’s post is a partnership between the University of Manchester (UoM) and Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).  Tim is a member of the CARIN (Clinical Academic Roles and Careers Implementation Network) Impact and Metrics, and Output and Impact groups, where he works to help coordinate NMAHP research capacity building at MFT with other NHS organisations across the UK.

Tim joined MFT having worked in health services research and research capacity development for over 25 years. He came to MFT, having previously worked as the R&D Manager for Research Design Service NW at Salford University and is proud to have played a role in establishing MFT as a leading NHS centre for the development of NMAHP clinical academic careers. Tim looks forward to further supporting NMAHP research and clinical academics at MFT.

Dr Karen Kemp, PhD, MPhil, BSc (Hons), RGN

Karen is a clinical academic Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Consultant Nurse for Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, providing clinical leadership and expertise to the IBD services across the Manchester hospitals. Karen is also Head of Nursing research at Manchester Royal Infirmary, acting as a research enabler to build capability and capacity within the nursing workforce. Karen holds an Honorary Lecturer (research and teaching) post at the University of Manchester and is currently co- supervising two PhD students and one PCAF student. Karen was awarded one of the first NIHR Clinical Academic Trainee doctoral fellowships in 2009 and awarded one of the first NIHR 70@70 Senior Nurse Research Leader posts in April 2019. Karen was part of the pilot scheme for the NIHR Academy Nursing and Midwifery Careers Advisory Service whilst continuing her own post- doctoral research projects. Karen’s interests are qualitative methods, patient reported outcomes, follow up care and the impact of the IBD nurse on patient care. She now sits on the Research Committee of the BSG and the National Gastroenterology Clinical Research Network and has just retired from the chair of Crohns Colitis ‘Living with IBD’ research stream after 10 years. Internationally, she is the past Chair of the Nurse European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation Committee (N-ECCO 2016-2017) developing the first Nurse Education Programme within European Crohns and Colitis Orgainsation which took place in Italy in 2018/2019 and the NECCO Research Nurse Forum which has now become part of the NECCO educational portfolio which provides a collaborative platform for nurses undertaking research across Europe. Karen continues to collaborate with multiple groups in the UK and across Europe to develop IBD research.

Dr Steven K Rogers, BSc (Hons), PGCert, Ph.D, AVS

Steven is the Vice-President and President Elect of the College and Society for Clinical Vascular Science [CSVS] of GB&I (formally SVT GBI, the professional body for clinical vascular scientists in the UK). He was appointed as the UK’s first NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Vascular Science by The University of Manchester with honorary Senior Clinical Vascular Scientist status at Manchester University NHS FT where he is also Scientific Director for Manchester Academic Vascular Research and Innovation Centre (MAVRIC).

Steven’s clinical work spans multiple specialities where advanced diagnostic vascular imaging is required and has a particular interest in vascular related sport and exercise conditions. Steven’s research focuses on all aspects of vascular disease/surgery, but in particular, advanced 3D and contrast-enhanced ultrasound, artificial intelligence and their role in prevention and surgical planning. He currently co-supervises 3 PhD and 1 MPhil students and advises 4 MBChB students with grant income >£3 million. Steven regularly reviews potential manuscripts and grant applications for leading international Journals, the BHF, NIHR and UKRI. Steven has also advised NICE, the UK Biobank and industry. Steven has recently joined the NIHR ICA PCAF selection committee.

As visiting Clinical Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, Steven teaches on and examines for the MSc (STP) and DClinSci (part of HSST) awards and is part of the court of examiners for the European Society for Vascular Surgery Certificate in Ultrasound Competency. In 2016, Steven was awarded Ann Donald Scientist of the year and has achieved Certificate of Merits at Charing Cross Symposium in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and has previously been awarded best scientific presentation at two SVT ASM’s and 2nd place at the ESVS conference. Away from Manchester Steven is the CSVS Research Committee Chair, a member of the Vascular Society research committee and sits on multiple Special Interest Groups.

Outside of work, Steven enjoys competitive sailing and rock climbing.