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The William Harvey Research Institute - Barts and The London

Vivienne Monk

Clinical Research Centre and Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Unit Manager

Centre: Clinical Research Centre

Telephone: +44(0) 20 7882 5668


I joined the Heart Centre as Clinical Research Manager in September 2014. The purpose of my role is to lead and manage the clinical research within the unit, which is mostly clinical trials. My main responsibilities are to support the strategic development of research, to have oversight of all of the trials within the centre, to maintain high levels of project management, to manage the centre’s resources (financial, human, space etc), to promote the capabilities of the centre and to develop and maintain effective relationships with all internal and external agencies, organisations and companies.

I have been Manager of the Barts Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Unit (CV CTU) since its inception in September 2015. During this time I have prepared project plans, recruited staff to the Unit, assisted PIs with protocol development and have been a named sub-investigator on several successful grants. I chair the Resource Committee and oversee the management of all trials on our portfolio.

CV CTU Manager

Assist PIs with protocol development and preparation of funding applications, document sign off, member of trial management groups on portfolio adopted trials, chair of Resource Committee,  liaison with Barts CTU Head/Director, general oversight and management of the Unit.


Prior to working at Barts I was at St George’s, University of London for 13 years. Before moving to the UK I lived and worked in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Sydney. I am a psychologist by profession and have always been involved in research both as an academic and as a manager.

Further information

  • Honorary Lecturer, St George’s, University of London.
  • Trustee, The English Concert, a period instrument orchestra specialising in the baroque and classical repertoire.
  • Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology ‘Learning a Living’ working group of the British Psychological Society.
  • Member of the Special Group in Coaching of the British Psychological Society.

My personal interests include opera, early and baroque music and I play renaissance and baroque  lute and I am learning to pay the clavichord.


Research projects

  • Patient perceptions of stressors in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), recall of memories and subsequent psychological distress with Dr Barbara Phillips (SGUL)
  • Patient acceptance of the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) with Prof John Camm, Sue Jones and Dr Linda Perkins-Porras (SGUL)
  • Sub-investigator on the ComFFort-Q in CIED study: Co-morbidity, frailty, functional status and quality of life in cardiac implantable electronic devices – a clinical outcomes study.
  • A pragmatic pilot randomised control trial of Prothrombin complex concentrates versus fresh frozen plasma in adult patients who are undergoing heart surgery (PROPHESY). Co-applicant and lead on the qualitative sub-study. Lead applicant: Dr Laura Green. Amount awarded: £170,929. Funding body: British Heart Foundation
  • Objective randomized blinded investigation of therapeutic ablation versus cardioversion for persistent Atrial Fibrillation (ORBITA-AF) Feasibility study proposal. Co-applicant. Lead Applicant: Dr Malcolm Finlay. Amount awarded: £15,000. Funding body: Barts and the London Charity.

Key Publications

  • Ambient temperature and activation of implantable cardioverter defibrillators.
    L McGuinn, S Hajat, P Wilkinson, B Armstrong, HR Anderson, V Monk, R Harrison.
    International Journal of Biometeorology 2013; 57(5): 655-62.
  • Air pollution and activation of implantable cardioverter defibrillators in London.
    HR Anderson, B Armstrong, S Hajat, R Harrison, V Monk, J Poloniecki.
    Epidemiology 2010; 21(3): 405-13.
  • Anderson HR, Armstrong B, Hajat S, Harrison R, Monk VA, Poloniecki J, Timmis A, Wilkinson P.
    Air pollution and ventricular arrhythmias in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator attending London hospitals. Report to the Department of Health. 2007.
  • Ergonomics in construction. Monk, VA.  In: ‘Occupational Health and Safety in Construction Project Management’, Lingard, H & Rowlinson, S. E&FN SPON (Routledge), 2005.


  • Professor Pier Lambiase  (Barts Heart Centre PI) – ComFFort-Q in CIED study
  • Dr Linda Perkins-Porras (SGUL)
  • Dr Barbara Phillips (SGUL)
  • Dr Laura Green (PROPHESY trial)
  • Dr Malcolm Finlay & Professor Richard Schilling (ORBITA-AF)
  • Drs Simon Finney & Ben Singer (Sub 30)