Head of research nursing,
Royal Free London Hospital
Dr Helen Jones has spent much of her nursing career working as a clinical research nurse (CRN) across various clinical areas. She was formerly the research matron at Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust for 7 years where she supported and led a workforce of 150 research nurses. In April 2018 she moved to her current post as head of research nursing at the Royal Free London Hospital where she leads the clinical research nurse workforce and supports implementation of the Clinical R and D strategy.
In 2017, she completed a doctorate in healthcare and carried out the first national study to examine the organisational structure of the national CRN workforce and the experience of CRNs working in research delivery.
Helen has a national presence within research nursing which includes sitting on the NIHR Research Nurse Strategy group, the CRUK Senior Research Nurse Advisory panel and judging the Research Nurse category of the Nursing Times Awards. She has published and presented on aspects of the CRN role and workforce.