A research nurse working for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded £20,000 to support her work.

Angie Foulds has been successful in her application for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding of £20,000 to fund one study day during her working week for two years.

The funding has been made through the NIHR Network South West Clinical Research Associate Scheme and enables her to complete her MSc dissertation in Advanced Nursing Practice, gain experience as a research principal investigator on NIHR studies and develop an as yet untitled PhD proposal.

Angie, who is married to a teacher and has two daughters, started her career in 1998 as a maternity healthcare assistant at Torbay Hospital in a team who encouraged her to apply for a nursing degree at University of Plymouth and where she graduated as a registered nurse in 2016.

Her first registered nurse post was on the coronary care unit and cardiac catheterisation (heart diagnosis procedures) suite at Torbay hospital: “I absolutely adored my time working within the acute cardiology team. I wanted to learn more about this fascinating specialty so started an MSc through the University of the West of England (UWE). I chose a flexible MSc which allowed me to pick modules which related to my patient group.

“I really enjoyed the research aspect of studying and knew this was an area I would like to explore further. I started working as an oncology research nurse at the beginning of 2019. This post gave me a fantastic foundation in research and enabled me to progress into a senior research nurse role.”

She now works with the trust’s Horizon Centre, an innovation, education and research facility at Torbay Hospital.

Her MSc in Advanced Practice has equipped her with knowledge and skills within cardiology, acute care, oncology and research, which has helped her progress into a senior research nurse role and onto developing a research proposal for a PhD.

Angie added: “I love research and I love my job as a research nurse. I can’t wait to start my new chapter as a nurse researcher and develop my own research questions.”

She will be supported by two mentors: Kathryn Bamforth currently undertaking a PhD while working in our research and development (R&D) team and Susie Pearce the trust’s associate professor of nursing (research) from the Clinical School based in the Horizon Centre.

Chris Dixon, trust lead research nurse, said: “I congratulate Angie on her award which enables us to fund her research. As part of this award scheme I hope to further develop the links between our clinical and academic work by supporting a secondment for a clinical nurse in research.”