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Helen McGregor BA (Hons)

NIHR RDS SE Communications & Support Officer and CHSS Communications Assistant



I have two CHSS roles; 0.6 FTE as NIHR Research Design Service South East Communications and Support Officer and 0.4 FTE CHSS Secretarial Assistant involved in communications and website work.

In 2007 I joined CHSS as a Bilingual Administrative Assistant to the Anglo-French Interreg project COSPH, comparing health behaviours between northern France and south east England. Since COSPH ended I have provided administration support on various research projects including the AESOPS project and have assisted in CHSS communications work.

Since 2012 I have been Communications and Support Officer for the NIHR Research Design Service SE. I provide local support, as well as working with all ten RDS regions through the national RDS Communications Working Group developing national communications and digital media strategies.I am responsible for producing and distributing the RDS SE monthly e-bulletin with funding news and event information for the region’s NHS researchers. I also manage the RDS printed newsletter. I work closely with the RDS SE team to provide events, marketing and operational support. A favourite part of my role lies in outreach work attending NHS Trust Research Days and other events to represent the RDS SE. I really enjoy the chance to get out and network with NHS research staff to promote the valuable free service the RDS offers to researchers.

In my current CHSS role, I am responsible for writing our departmental newsletter, and am involved in its printing, production and distribution. I also write and edit some CHSS website content. As part of the admin team I provide support to various projects and surveys as well as providing general administration support to CHSS academic staff.

I’m a public member of the NIHR Public Health Research Programme Advisory Board, and a lay reviewer for the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme. I was recently appointed to a panel of NIHR lay research 'raters' for the new Dissemination Centre.

From 2009 - 2012, I was Coordinator of the SSPSSR School and Research Centres’ Staff Ethics Committee. I have campaigned through the British Heart Foundation to raise awareness of CHD in women and I helped set up a BHF heart patients’ support group in Canterbury.

I worked in banking before moving from Cumbria to London in 1984, becoming first a Publications Assistant and then an Executive PA for a white collar Trade Union. I have worked for a diverse range of organisations including The Australian High Commission, Heinemann Medical Publishers and Canterbury Housing Advice Centre. My appointment to CHSS in 2007 followed a period of part-time working in various roles while studying fulltime for a BA degree.

I returned to fulltime education in 1990 and achieved a distinction level Ruskin College (Oxford) Diploma in Sociology, Economics and English Literature. In 1994 I graduated with a 2:1 BA in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Kent and in 2005 I studied for a Diploma in European Business from Canterbury Christchurch University, achieving a first in Business French.

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