Heather Dakin

School of Health and Related Research

Trials Support Officer

h.dakin@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 6385

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Heather Dakin
School of Health and Related Research
Room 2.04, Floor 2
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
Profile

I joined the University in September 2014.  I have a background in administration and customer service, having worked in both the US and the UK In addition, I have four years of experience as a staff development trainer/course facilitator.

The Arts have always been an interest, and I have a great appreciation for literature, film, and music. I obtained my BA in English in the US before moving to the UK in 2009, where I completed my MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University in 2010.

I have worked for the Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) as a Trials Support Officer for five years, providing administrative support across a variety of medical research trials.

Research interests
  • ASTIClite: Autologous Stem cell Transplantation In refractory Crohn’s disease – Low Intensity Therapy Evaluation
  • VTEAM: The cost-effectiveness of venous thromboembolism risk assessment tools for hospital in patients: VTE risk assessmen
  • ASPECT: Alleviating Specific Phobias Experienced by Children Trial

Past projects:

  • Talking Group for Blind/Visually Impaired Students - Working in conjunction with the University's Disability & Dyslexia Support Team, I facilitated a Talking Group for Blind/Visually Impaired Students once a month. This Group was meant to act as a peer support group and provided a place where blind/visually impaired students could share ideas, experiences, and tips to help assist one another during their studies.
  • Reviewer on the ScHARR Research Ethics Committee (ScHARR REC)
  • STEPWISE: STructured Education for People WIth SchizophrEnia
  • PAINTED: Pandemic Influenza Triage in the Emergency Department
  • DiPEP: Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism in Pregnancy
  • DiPALS: A Randomised Controlled Trial Evaluating NeuRx/4 Diaphragm Pacing in Patients with Respiratory Muscle Weakness Due to Motor Neurone Disease
  • HubBLe: Haemorrhoidal Artery Ligation (HAL) versus Rubber Band Ligation (RBL) for symptomatic second and third degree haemorrhoids

In addition to my trial-related work, I also facilitate the following staff development course, which is open to all university staff via the Learning Management System (LMS)

  • SD2S - 'Second Sight': An Interactive Look at Blindness and Visual Impairment

I am also currently overseeing the following project:

  • 'Supporting Blind/Visually Impaired Patients in Healthcare' (School of Nursing & Midwifery) - In October 2017 I was asked to design and facilitate a bespoke session aimed at undergraduate/postgraduate nursing students. This session sits within the Term 2 Communication module and focuses on supporting blind/visually impaired patients in a healthcare environment (i.e. hospitals, care homes, GP practices, etc.).
Professional activities

DTS Representative on ScHARR Equality and Diversity Committee