I’m Claire Williams, I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1991 after training at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. I perform the clinical tasks associated with a research study. So, for example, I help consent patients into research studies and collect blood samples and swabs.
My husband is an RAF engineer, and moving often has meant I’ve worked in lots of places in England and Scotland. I’ve worked with BCHC since 2014. I responded to a text message from Nurse Bank in 2016 asking for help with a research study, and since then I’ve worked on a variety of projects.
I worked on a study investigating the prevalence of Clostridium Difficile, and on a study exploring the links between urinary tract infections and the use of antibiotics in older people. More recently I’ve worked on several physiotherapy intervention studies and a questionnaire study evaluating the feeding and nutrition techniques used by parents of children with special needs.
I’ve continued to develop my research skills by attending educational events, mostly in Birmingham, run by the Clinical Research Network West Midlands, University of Oxford and University of Southampton. I enjoy supporting patients through their research journey and expanding my clinical skills. I’m an excellent swabber!