Dr Carmen Soto

Carmen - 2014PhD student

Department of Health Sciences
University of Leicester
Centre for Medicine
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Tel: +44 (0)116 229 5431
Email: ces39@le.ac.uk

Research student seeks volunteers to help with a study on managing risks of infection in children with invasive devices


Carmen is a paediatric registrar (MBBS, Barts & the London School of Medicine and BMedSci, University of London).

Her PhD, entitled ‘Partnership between families and professionals: managing risks of infection in children with invasive devices’, is inspired by the families that she meets in the course of her clinical work, whose children need to use, for example, feeding tubes.

Carmen explains, “The more I talk to families at the Leicester hospital I work at, the more I realise the huge gap between their ‘hospital lives’ and the real world. I’ve met some really passionate parents via social media who share what it’s like in their worlds.”

She adds, “There’s not a lot of research about the challenges that families face in everyday life which makes it difficult to give reliable advice about safety in the home. Understanding what it’s like for them means we can start addressing some of the real-life challenges.”

Her PhD is funded from a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award held by Professor Mary Dixon-Woods.

Carmen is kept busy juggling her clinical commitments and her research but still finds time to be an active member of the Clandestine Cake Club and is a regular blogger and tweeter. Follow Carmen at blog: paediacademiatrician.wordpress.com and mrcpchrevision.co.uk and Twitter: @gourmetpenguin

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