She has also been appointed as Deputy Director of Research and Development for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. These new roles are in addition to her current positions as Joint Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Women's Health and Birmingham Health Partner’s Academic Lead for Maternal Health. In these new roles, Professor Thangaratinam will create greater synergy between research and clinical practice at the University of Birmingham and the Trust to improve outcomes for mothers and babies. She discusses in the following quote some of her key objectives for improving women’s health both regionally and internationally.
In my new role, I am keen to facilitate a seamless integration of academia and clinical practice, and nurture the research ambitions of our trainees, midwives, nurses and allied health professionals and consultant colleagues across various disciplines. Women’s voices will be central to our research development and delivery, and I am particularly keen to minimise the health disparities based on gender, race and ethnicity and socio-economic status. We have a unique strength in caring for women across their life course in our Trust from their birth and childhood, to adolescence, reproductive and post-menopausal age; our research will aim to improve their health throughout this journey.Professor Shakila Thangaratinam
The new Research and Development Lead role has three clear objectives:
- To undertake high quality research through improved engagement with women, their families and clinicians, and a clear, achievable, and relevant research strategy
- To promote capacity-building in research with the tools, skills and career development which are critical to expand and sustain research activities
- To work closely with patient and public involvement groups such as The Hildas, so that research work addresses the needs of women and families
By working closely with the recently established Dame Hilda Network, we hope to bring together clinicians, academics, women and policy makers working towards improving the health of women and their babies in the region, directly addressing the priorities set out by the Women’s Health Strategy nationally. In a digital age, we’re well placed to maximise the power of data in clinical and academic work. We want all women who visit with us to be given the opportunity to be included in our clinical research. Participation in research itself has been shown to improve their outcomes.