Christina Armoogum

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Research Governance and Delivery Manager, R&D Joint Office, South London and Maudsley and the IoPPN 

I’m the Research Governance and Delivery Manager in the R&D Joint Office, and my team manages the approval, set-up and delivery of research at the Trust. 

What’s your role? 

I’m the R&D Governance and Delivery Manager for the South London and Maudsley NHS/ Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) joint R&D Office.  

What is your working day like? 

Every day is different here in R&D, my team manages the approval, set-up and delivery of research at the Trust. As R&D Manager, I am involved in implementing new processes to improve the quality of our research, supporting research teams to deliver studies efficiently, and providing Risk Management for the safety and wellbeing of service users, carers and staff.  

Who do you work with? 

In addition to the wonderful R&D team, I work with Investigators, research teams and the many research support departments across the Trust and King’s College London.  

Why did you want to work here? 

I am a huge advocate for supporting and talking about mental health, and could not pass up the opportunity to work as part of England’s top mental health Trust for research. What I love about working at South London and Maudsley is being able to provide research to such a diverse population, including underrepresented minority groups. 

What attracted you to work in R&D?   

One thing that really drew me towards working in R&D is being able to support such a wide range of studies and collaborate with different researchers. 

What does research mean to you? How would you explain your role to your family?  

I began my research career in a clinical role, coordinating neurology research within the NHS. This showed me first-hand the importance of research in improving the quality of life for patients and ultimately shaping healthcare across the world. I would explain my role as supporting researchers to produce and deliver high-quality, ethical, and impactful research.