Megan Isherwood, Research Lead for Healthcare and Epidemiology at the Centre for Britain and Europe (CBE), discusses the invaluable skills and opportunities the position has given her.
As a Research Associate at CBE, I have gained invaluable experience in research, working on numerous projects commissioned by local government. I have had the opportunity to conduct my own research independently and work collaboratively with other team members on a range of issues impacting the local community, environment and economy. I have developed close partnerships with a host of local stakeholders from the corporate, public and third sector and interviewed a range of experts including MPs, NHS trust managers, CEOs and academics. This has enabled me to gain a real insight into the issues affecting the county and the changes required to tackle them. Based on these findings, I have compiled policy recommendations for local government, helping to inform the direction of future policies and initiatives.
My role as Research Lead for Healthcare and Epidemiology at CBE has opened new doors for me in my career, enabling me to gain a position as Research and Projects Officer at Heathwatch Southwark in which I will be managing research into local health needs and health and care service delivery issues to drive improvements and enable stronger community engagement. I am extremely grateful for all of the opportunities the CBE has offered me, introducing me to new fields and career opportunities, developing my skills set and professional network and enhancing my confidence in my own ability. I feel privileged to have been able to work with such an inspiring, driven and enthusiastic group of people and contribute towards such impactful research.