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Claire Gill
PhD Student



Claire graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2010 with a degree in Adult Nursing. She then undertook a variety of clinical roles including thoracic surgery, prison nursing, and community nursing. In 2012 she began a role as a specialist research nurse with The Brain Infections Group at the University of Liverpool, helping to run National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) portfolio studies in neurological infectious diseases. During this time she was also awarded a part-time NIHR Masters Studentship, and completed a master’s degree in Clinical research at the University of Manchester in 2015. In 2015 Claire also undertook a three month secondment with the University of Oxford as a research nurse and project manager on a trial for a potential treatment for Ebola, working in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. In 2016, after relocating to the North east, Claire worked as the lead research nurse at a specialist emergency care hospital, leading studies in emergency and acute medicine, stroke, and critical care.

The topic of Claire's PhD is Variation in UK neovascular age-related macular degeneration outcomes. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people aged over 50 in the developed world. Significant variation in the visual acuity outcomes of treated neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nvAMD) have been documented internationally. A similar variation has been documented between different UK treatment centres. The Carter Report documents the significant burden that variation in clinical outcomes poses.

The purpose of this study is to describe the variation in outcomes of neovascular AMD in the UK and furthermore to interrogate the reasons for the variation.


  • History Bachelor's degree (BA, Hons)
  • Adult Nursing degree (BN, Hons)
  • Registered Adult Nurse (RGN)
  • Masters in Clinical Research (MClin Res)



Claire’s research interests include neurological infectious diseases, infectious diseases, unacceptable variations in healthcare, and age-related macular degeneration. 

Research group(s)


Selected publications

Matata,C,* Michael, B, Garner, V, Solomon, T (2012) Lumbar puncture: diagnosing acute central nervous system infections. Nursing Standard, 27 (8), 49 – 56

Matata, C, Defres, S, Jones, C, Gummery, A, Solomon, T (2013) Management of acute confusion in patients with CNS infections. Nursing Standard, 28 (15), 49 – 58

Matata, C, Easton, A, Michael, B, Evans, B, Ward, D, Solomon, T, Kneen, R (2015) Managing patients with encephalitis, Nursing Standard, 30 (11) 50-60

Solomon T, Turtle L, McGill F, Matata C, Christley R (2014) What stops healthcare workers volunteering to fight Ebola in west Africa? British Medical Journal, 24 (349)

Turtle L, McGill F, Bettridge J, Matata C, Christley R, Solomon T (2015) A survey of UK healthcare workers' attitudes on volunteering to help with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. PLOS One, 10 (3)

*Please note that Claire's maiden name was Matata

External activities


  • Royal College of Nurses

Editorial duties

  • Peer reviewer for the Nursing Standard
  • Member of the professional Advisory Panel for the Nursing Standard

Contact details

Claire Gill
PhD Student