Research Project Manager
Before Emma’s career within the research field, she initially aimed to become a Health Promotion Officer. Her interest in health promotion was sparked by a module in her undergraduate degree, where she conducted an analysis on health equalities displayed among different areas of living. She later completed her undergraduate dissertation on ‘the health behaviours of different religious groups’. For this, she conducted face-to-face interviews with Christians, Muslims and Hindus, to identify their motivations and current practice of the following health behaviours; healthy eating, exercise, smoking tobacco and alcohol intake. Emma then went on to complete an MSc in Health Promotion at Kings College London where her interests developed further in nightclub health promotion, social marketing and health inequalities.
Emma then moved up to Edinburgh and applied her knowledge into practice by undertaking a variety of health promoting roles; being a volunteer for the Pilton Community Health Project, Development Worker for a healthy eating charity, healthy eating educator for after school clubs, and then becoming a full time Community Development Worker for NHS Lothian. These roles allowed Emma to develop her skills in running group classes, conducting health needs assessments, and providing one-to-one support within the community. However, due to funding in this department being reduced, Emma came off her health promotion path and instead took the opportunity to step into the clinical research field.
In January 2017, Emma became the Research Administrator for EMERGE, and this is where she caught the Emergency Department (ED) research bug! She found working as part of the wider ED team a fascinating place to be, due to the unpredictable environment and a great demonstration of team work from the clinical and research staff. Combining this unpredictability with conducting research projects from different disciplines (e.g. cardiology, toxicology etc.) makes a vibrant and dynamic place to work, where you constantly have the opportunity to develop yourself- an environment that Emma thrives on! In this post, she was proud to be the supportive piece of the EMERGE team jigsaw, knowing that we, as a team, are making an impact on future patient care.
In October 2019, Emma became the Research Project Manager for EMERGE where she aims to support project set up with the study co-ordinators, maintain a high standard of quality control among the research projects, and continue to support the EMERGE team in other project-admin tasks, to make today’s research become tomorrow’s practice.