Introducing Pam Neagle
Meet Pam Neagle, European Commission Coordinator for the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Project Coordinator for the DevelopAKUre Consortium.
What’s your role and what do you do for the DevelopAKUre consortium?
I became involved in DevelopAKUre in March 2013, after the project had started. Before that, I worked at the University of Liverpool dealing with many European Commission (EC) funded projects.
I am the Project Coordinator for DevelopAKUre. That means I act as the contact between the consortium and the EC who provided the funding for the studies. Based at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, I advise the consortium on financial and legal matters and I help with the submission of financial and scientific reports, which inform the EC on the progress and budgets of DevelopAKUre.
I arrange travel and accommodation for all the patients who come to Liverpool to take part in SONIA 2/SOFIA and interpreters for patients who cannot speak English. I also submit claims for patient’s expenses to the hospital and ensure they are paid in a timely manner.
I report directly to Prof Ranganath, and I am in regular contact with other members of the consortium through weekly teleconferences and through email. I also work closely with the AKU Society who lead on patient retention, by assisting with patient contact and planning for visits to Liverpool.
What contact do you have with DevelopAKUre patients?
I see the patients when they are in Liverpool for SONIA 2 or SOFIA and answer any questions they might have regarding their travel, or expenses. Occasionally I chaperone them to various departments within the hospital if other staff are busy. I also take the opportunity to explain the new expenses system, Greenphire.
Occasionally, some of the patients may email or call me directly if they need advice or support about any aspect of the logistics of their participation in the DevelopAKUre trials.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your work for the DevelopAKUre Consortium?
I really enjoy it when things run smoothly and we received positive feedback about the consortium from the EC. As testament to this, the DevelopAKUre consortium is currently being used as a flagship trial and is often discussed as a positive example of working closely with the EC.
I really enjoy meeting patients from all over the world and learning about so many different cultures and countries. I also particularity like making the experience of coming to Liverpool to take part in SONIA 2 or SOFIA as easy as possible.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I really enjoy travelling all over the world and I am very passionate about genealogy. I have 5 family trees ongoing!