Dr Rachel Harris, professional and education manager for the SCoR, has been appointed chair of the Council for Allied Health Professional Research (CAHPR).
Rachel is a well-known champion of research. She has worked for the SCoR as research lead since 2006 and is the driving force behind the organisation’s research strategy.
Rachel’s initial foray into research was in the early 1990s when she investigated the psycho-social implications of head and neck cancer.
Rachel explains: “That work accentuated both the importance of undertaking clinical research and its influence on multidisciplinary patient care. Thereafter, I was ‘sold’ on research!”
Completing her Doctorate in Clinical Research in 2013, Rachel confesses she “fervently believes in the future of AHPs and what our professions can achieve”. The CAHPR aims to develop AHP research and enables the professions to speak with one voice on research issues.
In her role as CAHPR chair, Rachel will be looking to persuade colleagues that research should be an essential part of service delivery and patient care.
Rachel says: “I’m delighted to serve as chair and am really looking forward to working with the rest of the CAHPR team to support research at all levels across the allied health professions.”
Charlotte Beardmore, the SCoR’s director of professional policy, comments: “The appointment of Rachel as chair demonstrates the high regard in which she is held by the professions and is wonderful news, not only for Rachel but the radiography profession as a whole. Congratulations, Rachel!”