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Ashleigh Hegan

Ashleigh Hegan

Senior Research Nurse

Ashleigh moved from Northern Ireland to England to study Paediatric Nursing and qualified in March 2020. She knew she had a keen interest in Acute Paediatrics and moved to London to join the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit; this is where she came across research for the first time in a clinical setting.

Having spent a year on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Ashleigh knew working within Emergency Medicine was an area she was keen to experience.  Ashleigh then joined a central London Paediatric Emergency Department, however at the time didn’t have clinical research in Paediatrics.

As she continued to have a curiosity about research, she joined the Genetics Team at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital working with children with Achondroplasia. As much as she loved working there with the wonderful families and Genetics team, she missed working within the Emergency Department – this led her to apply for the Paediatric Research post within the EMERGE team and make a move from London to Edinburgh.

Ashleigh is excited to be a part of the EMERGE team and introducing Paediatric Clinical Research while working alongside the team within the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People.