Heather M. Dakin 

Trials Support Officer

Photo of Heather DakinSchool of Health and Related Research
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office: Room 2.04, Floor 2, Innovation Centre

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 6385
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 0870

Email : h.dakin@sheffield.ac.uk


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I joined the University in September 2014.  I have a background in administration and customer service, having worked in both the U.S. and the U.K. 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 U.S. before moving to the U.K. 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.

Additional Projects:

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

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

Currently Providing Support To:

  • ASTIClite: Autologous Stem cell Transplantation In refractory Crohn’s disease – Low Intensity Therapy Evaluation
  • VTE: The cost-effectiveness of venous thromboembolism risk assessment tools for hospital in patients: VTE risk assessment
  • CFHealthHub Cystic Fibrosis Data Observatory