The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Ayesha Sheikh: My Role as a Senior Clinical Trials Assistant with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals BioResource Team

6 February 2020


Hello, my name is, Ayesha Sheikh and I work as a Senior Clinical Trials Assistant (CTA) within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals BioResource team.  

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) the BioResource team has established groups of healthy volunteers and patients with common or rare diseases who have provided samples (of blood, saliva or other) and agreed to be recalled by genetic make-up (genotype) and/or physical characteristics (phenotype) to participate in medical research and trials. 

By donating a sample, participants will help the future development of healthcare and the long-term prevention and treatment of disease by enabling researchers to greater understand how genes affect a variety of diseases and illnesses.

My role as a Senior CTA can be a very busy role, but is always interesting, as we have a variety of project sites open which means we work in a number of different clinical areas. 

We work closely with clinicians to identify eligible patients, who we then approach and receive informed consent form if they are happy to take part, before obtaining a sample from them. 

It feels great to be able to provide a patient-centred service and spend the extra time with research participants to explain the importance of studies like the BioResource.

To find out more about the Leeds BioResource team and to sign up to be a volunteer visit: