Director of nursing - learning and organisational development,
NIHR Clinical Research Network
Dr Susan Hamer is director of nursing, learning and organisational development for the NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN). The NIHR CRN provides the infrastructure that enables high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments.
Susan is passionate about purposeful change and in particular the development of the healthcare workforce. As lead nurse Susan works with colleagues to ensure that the clinical leadership culture is vibrant and integrated across the large managed network which is the NIHR CRN.
As a committed adult educationalist Susan understands that a positive work environment is key to high performance. She has taken an active interest in the relationship between clinical practice and research and understands that evidence availability and changes in practice are not always directly linked. She has worked for a number of years within practice development and developing frontline leadership capacity.
A role as a national leader in the Department of Health Informatics Directorate persuaded Susan about the possibilities for technology to enhance practice and to support innovation in the development of patient led services. She sees the development of accessible information as crucial to this.
She is a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.