Congratulations to our Clinical Research Nurses on their Masters

April 16, 2024


Mr Michael McAlinden, Neurodegenerative Clinical Research Nurse for the NI Clinical Research Network, BHSCT recently graduated with a Masters in Dementia Studies from the University of Stirling.

Michael said, “Since 2019 I have worked as part of the NICRN within the Neurodegenerative research group. I am passionate about bringing research opportunities to people living with dementia in Northern Ireland. Whilst there is presently no cure for dementia, I hope the current and future research that we are involved in will make a difference to the treatment options, care and quality of life for people living with dementia.

Completing the master’s program has been a challenging but rewarding experience. It has helped me to develop new skills that carry over into my work in research and is something that I would recommend to anyone who is interested.

I have also just received an offer of a place on the HSC R&D/HEE/ICA Bridging Scheme, providing clinical and research professionals an opportunity to focus on the development of their research career and work towards a successful HSC R&D or NIHR Doctoral Fellowship application.

Outside of work, I enjoy family-time which normally involves coffee and treats with my wife and kids.”



Clinical Research Nurse Charlotte for the NI Clinical Research Network Diabetes team, BHSCT also recently graduated with a Masters in Advanced Professional Practice in Critical and Acute Care from the Queen’s University Belfast.

Charlotte said, “I began my nurse training at Ulster University and graduated in Adult Nursing with a Bachelor of Science, First Class honours. I enjoyed the course and caring for my patients. I was a Dean’s List student for academic achievements and my research proposal was awarded the Mona Grey Undergraduate Nursing Research Award.

After graduating I developed clinical knowledge and skills in cardiology and nurse-led secondary prevention. Whilst working full time I qualified as a specialist practitioner in cardiology nursing.

I completed a Master’s of Science in Advanced Professional Practice in Critical and Acute Care at Queen’s University with Commendation and graduated in December 2023. I am keen to use my clinical experience and MSc knowledge within NICRN to facilitate and lead in improving patient’s health outcomes and I also have a special interest in determining how research and innovative technologies can best aid patient’s management of chronic conditions.”


Congratulations to Micahel and Charlotte from all your colleagues at the NI Clinical Research Network.


By Emma Byrne