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Dr Christopher Murray

CeNREE Academic Development Officer

My involvement in academic research began in 2013 and since then I have not looked back! Above all, I value how research provides opportunities to reflect on the challenges we face and how best to address them. I am delighted to bring my academic expertise to CeNREE, and I am committed to assisting nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals to develop and engage in research so the trust can provide world-class research-led care for patients.

My interest in health and social care began during my doctoral research on the prevention of drunkenness and violence in UK nightclubs. This study focused on public health and the practices of police forces, local authorities, private security companies and employees based in the nighttime economy. This research inspired a move from the business school towards establishing a research career in health and social care.

In 2021 I began a research post in the division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at The University of Manchester. This involved working internationally on the prevention of self-harm and suicide in South Asia. I led a systematic review of the demographics, risk factors, means and prevention of suicidal hanging in India. I have also been the principal investigator on an NIHR-funded project on exclusion from mental health services and the impact of social care.

As a research capacity building specialist, I worked with patients, practitioners, and service managers to translate research ideas into fundable proposals. As a member of the NIHR Research Support Service, I supported clients from all stages of the research process from pre- to post-award. I was also a member of academic steering committees for award mobilisation, award management and the development of new software for grant costings.