Our research team contributes to large national and international studies as well as local pilot studies, all of which aim to make significant advances in patient care and the treatment options offered to patients.
Within the Trust the majority of research projects are studies that have been adopted onto the national NIHR portfolio. The portfolio consists of high-quality clinical research studies that are eligible for consideration for support from the Clinical Research Network in England.
Studies may be sponsored by:
Other NHS trusts
Universities - either in the UK or international
Research bodies - e.g. Cancer Research UK
The patient information given before consenting to a study will always make it clear who the research sponsor is.
The core research team, led by the Research Manager, is responsible for ensuring that all studies within the Trust have all the necessary ethical and legal approvals to proceed and that they are conducted safely and effectively. The clinical teams support the clinical delivery of the research including: informing and consenting participants, performing tests and study procedures and collecting data.
Research Service List
The research department’s service list covers all main research functions including:
- Research governance checks
- Approval of new research projects
- Approval of study amendments
- Management and maintenance of governance standards and good research practice
- Participation in the central system for gaining permission of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).
The research team consists of the core research team and clinical trial research teams who support each of the clinical divisions. The core research team has a management and governance lead with support staff. The clinical research teams are led by research nurses/midwives and further details for each of them can be found below:
Annabel Tomlinson - Senior Research Team Lead
Rachel Smith - Oncology Research Nurse
Joanne Hughes - Senior Clinical Trials Administrator
Carole Bennion - Clinical Trials Adminstrator
Mr. El-Kashab - Lead PI Ophthalmology Research
Janet Brown - Women & Children Team Lead (Research Midwife/Nurse)
Caroline Dixon - Women & Children Team Lead (Research Midwife/Nurse)
Amaryl Jones - Women & Children Research Administrator
Dr Michael Grosdenier - Paediatric / Neonatal Research Lead
Jo Tomlinson - Paediatric Research Nurse
Advanced Clinical Vestibular Specialist Physiotherapist CCICP
Physiotherapy research Facilitator (North West Coast CRN)
CSP Health and Safety Rep (regional and National)
The Pharmacy Clinical Trials Team consists of one Pharmacist and two Pharmacy Technicians. The role of Pharmacy in clinical trials is to facilitate and oversee the daily management of the medicines used in clinical trials.
The Pharmacy Clinical Trials Team will be involved at the very early stages of a clinical trial. Safety and ethics are considered before the Trust agrees to take part in a trial. The set up and dispensing of clinical trials is a specialist process involving many steps and regulations to adhere to. The temperature of clinical trial medication must be regulated and this is monitored daily by the Clinical Trials Team. Clinical trial medication often comes in plain white boxes with minimal labelling; this is often due to "placebo controlled" trials, where the drug may be active or pretend.
The Pharmacy Clinical Trials Team work very closely with the research nurses to ensure that the patients receive their clinical trial medication in a safe and timely manner.
Contact details for the Pharmacy Clinical Trials Team:
Tel: 01270 273223
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Research & Development Team
Ms Charis Emmett - Research Manager email@example.com 01270 278095
Emergency Care Research Team
Mrs Claire Gabriel, Medicine and Emergency Care Team Lead firstname.lastname@example.org 01270 612163
Oncology Research Team
Mrs Chris Hough - Research Nurse Specialist Team Lead, email@example.com 01270 273486
Women's Health & Midwifery Research Team
Mrs Janet Brown - Women and Children Team Lead firstname.lastname@example.org 01270 273745
Mrs Caroline Dixon - Women and Children Team Lead email@example.com 01270 273745
Paediatric Research Team
Mrs Sally Smith - Paediatric Research Nurse firstname.lastname@example.org 01270 612123