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Juni West

Research Development Programme Lead for Dementia and Later Life

Juni West has recently been appointed as Research Development Programme Lead for dementia and later life across the whole trust and said: “I will bring lots of clinical nursing experience to this new role as I have had lots of practical experience of working with older people across various trust teams".
 
Juni who has been with NSFT for 27 years said: “I’ve worked my way from ward-based staff nurse to clinical team leader, and learned a great deal from people with dementia."
 
"I’ve felt it important to constantly try and develop my skills and keep things fresh."
 
“I’ve really enjoyed my transition from clinical practitioner to research nurse. It’s made me think differently about my own practice over the years and given me the opportunity to study at a level I would never have thought achievable for me. When I first started out in mental health nursing I would never have thought my career would have taken this direction.
 
“I think this new role will help to demystify what people think about research, and provide opportunities for people to work with service users and carers to help design projects. Ultimately  research and evaluation of our services involves all of us and we should all question why we do things the way we do and to make sure our practice is evidence-based."
 
“Working for the Trust has provided many opportunities to progress and particularly to get involved in clinical research. It's made my role part of the bigger picture. I’m involved in answering questions about interventions and treatments for dementia and later life mental health issues, so I’m helping to make a difference.”