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Rhona Macleod

Rhona always had an interest in research, and after speaking to the research and development lead at her Trust, she made the decision to come back to university.

MRes Clinical Research Methods

'I have always wanted to go back and do further study and research. I think it is really important for health professionals to engage with higher education whenever and however possible.'

Rhona Macleod

What brought you to study this course at Teesside University?

Since my first degree, I have always wanted to go back and do further study and research. I think it is really important for health professionals to engage with higher education whenever and however possible – ultimately to benefit patient care. I chose to study at Teesside because it had the specific course I really wanted to do.

Why did you choose this particular subject?

I first became interested in research whilst doing my undergraduate dissertation and I always wanted to get back into it, but felt very rusty in terms of understanding the methods. I went to visit my Trust’s research and development lead for advice and he told me about his own master’s in research methods. After some reflection I decided this subject was the best way to combine a higher qualification and getting into research.

What do you enjoy about your course?

I have learned a lot, read a lot, made some very good friends and been supported by excellent, highly knowledgeable tutors. My favourite module to date has been Clinical Trials. Initially I struggled to understand it – I found it quite far removed from my profession and had a hard time seeing the applicability beyond medicine and pharmacology. However, over time, I came to appreciate the subject and it became the module l learned the most on.

What do you think about the campus?

I think the campus has a very warm, welcoming culture that is well supported by excellent teaching and learning facilities. The recent addition of the postgraduate study space in the library has been a really useful development.

What does your current role involve?

I am currently the lead allied health professional for Specialist Services and lead occupational therapist for Forensic Services at Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. The highs are many and varied, from supporting a patient to engage in something they find meaningful, to facilitating the development of staff to become the best therapists they can. I’m also part of the group that developed the NICE accredited practice guidelines: Occupation Focused Practice for Occupational Therapists in Secure Hospitals on behalf of the College of Occupational Therapists.

Would you recommend Teesside University and your course?

I cannot recommend my course and the University highly enough. The campus has superb facilities and feels very safe, supportive and welcoming. I have learned and continue to learn a tremendous amount in a really interesting stimulating subject. I have been very well challenged and supported by the tutors who always manage to engage us in thought provoking discussion.