Meet the Team

Our Research and Development Team

Our Research and Development (R&D) team is heavily involved in Clinical Research and actively involved with listed on the National Institute for Health and Research’s (NIHR) portfolio, a national information point of studies being run across the UK.

The NIHR is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and the wealth of the nation through research.  The Clinical Research Network sits within the NIHR portfolio which contains clinical studies that can be facilitated within the NHS and it is these studies that we are involved in. 

Associate Director of R&D, Research Design Service (SW) Deputy Director / BOSS Trial Manager            

Julie Hapeshi

Julie's post has two distinct but related activities linked to:

The South West Research Design Service (RDS) exists to provide help to people preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.   The RDS are able to advise and provide practical support when you are developing your grant application.   Priority is given to NHS researchers applying to the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) funding scheme. The RDS may also be able to help with funding for patients and carers involved in research teams advised by the RDS.

The other half of her role is to strategically manage research and development across Gloucestershire through the service provided by Gloucestershire Research Team. To strategically develop research capacity to enable the NHS in Gloucestershire to meet its obligations under the government’s plans.  This includes a requirement that every patient will have the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial as a treatment option.

Tel: 03004 22 5460                     Email:  julie.hapeshi@glos.nhs.uk

Medical Statistician/ BOSS Data Manager

Chris Foy

Provides a comprehensive statistical advice service to Gloucestershire NHS staff who are undertaking research or audit, at all stages of projects, with particular reference to choosing the right sample, data collection, analysis, reporting and publication.

To advise research ethics committees and peer reviewers on the statistical soundness of proposed projects.  This is a professionally autonomous post with peer support from colleagues in similar posts elsewhere in South West region. 

Tel: 03004 22 5461                     Email:  chris.foy@glos.nhs.uk

 

 

Research Governance Team

Senior Research Manager - Governance

Mark Walker

This post covers the research active organisations in Gloucestershire, brought together under the Gloucestershire R&D Consortium.  It entails reviewing and approving research and service evaluation projects on behalf of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group.  By ensuring that research projects comply with the requirements of the Research Governance Framework and other applicable legal frameworks, the role ensures the safety of patients and staff invovled in research and ensures risks are minimised for all taking part.

Tel: 03004 22 5463                     Email: mark.walker@glos.nhs.uk 

R&D Manager

Thomas Llewellyn

Is the R&D Manager for the Research Active Trusts in Gloucestershire, however mainly responsible for the oncology trials.  The role, covers reviewing and approving research and service evaluation projects on behalf of the Trusts. By ensuring that research projects comply with the requirements of the Research Governance Framework and other applicable legal frameworks, the role ensures the safety of patients and staff involved in research and ensures risks are minimised for all taking part.

Tel: 03004 22 5462                     Email: thomas.llewellyn@glos.nhs.uk 

Commercial Trial RM&G Facilitator, Trust Innovation Lead, GCP Trainer

Gemma Race

Plays a key role in the development of commercial research across the Gloucestershire Health Community.   The main role is to assist commercial companies with the preliminary feasibility work required to secure commercial studies by identifying research contacts in the relevant clinical areas. 

As Trust Innovation Lead will work as part of the Innovations Team to provide specialist expertise, advice and support to the Trust and its staff in the field of product innovation and intellectual property management and to provie a point of contact in the Trust for external specialists and collaborators.

Gemma also supports the development and implementation of regular course related to Good Clinical Practice training, which is a Trust requirement for active research and a legal requirement for drug trials.

Tel: 03004 22 5464                     Email: gemma.race@glos.nhs.uk 

Research Support Officer - Governance

Nigel Johnson

The role of the Research Support Officer is to provide support to the Senior and R&D Manager in meeting the responsibilities of all three local Trusts' as hosts and sponsors of clinical research. Also providing advice and support to researchers, to help ensure compliance with applicable regulation and Trust policies for research governance.

Tel: 03004 22 5467                     Email: nigel.johnson@glos.nhs.uk

  

 

Research Operations Team

Senior Research Manager - Operations

Janet Forkes

Responsible for delivering the operational research management functions across the Gloucestershire Health Community to ensure timely assessment of study feasibility and set-up of research studies.  Working with the Senior R&D Manager - Governance to ensure that the delivery of research studies is in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures to guarantee that the relevant legislation and standards are met.

Janet also deputises for the Associate Director of R&D as and when necessary.

Tel: 03004 22 5480                     Email: janet.forkes@glos.nhs.uk 

Research Officer- Operations

Julia Hall

The main function of this role is to assist the Senior Research Manager - Operations, with study set-up (including Ethics and Research & Development (R&D) approval).

Tel: 03004 22 5466                     Email: julia.hall@glos.nhs.uk

 

  

Generic Research Team

The Research Nurses / Clinical Studies Officers (CSOs) main function is to provide support to clinicians who wish to undertaken research falling within the speciality portfolio.  This includes facilitation of study set-up (including Ethics and Research & Development (R&D) approval, honorary contracts), identification of patients eligible for recruitment, and ensuring that the studies are conducted according to the study protocol, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Research Governance and local Trust guidelines, resulting in the collection of high quality data. The role involves using an in depth knowledge of trial protocols and their application in practice, research methodology and an in depth working expertise of the requirements of local, national and international research regulations.

The aim is to benefit patients with a disease or at risk of developing a disease, through excellance in clinical research to facilitate research bringing about focused, effective investiment to enahnce the NHS research infrastructure. 

Lead Research Nurse (Generic)

Pauline Brown

Pauline works closely with members of the generic research team and provides support to local research leads who are acting as principal investigators for studies which fall outside this networks support.  The role also provides cover for other research nurses and CSOs where practical.

The principle responsibilities are to coordinate non-cancer research studies within GHNHSFT, assist in achieving the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) & Trust targets for patient recruitment into clinical trials, promoting quality research and developing and implementing operational policy.  To supervise and undertake the assessment and management of care pathway for patients in non-cancer clinical trials, ensuring that research is conducted within ICH-GCP and the Research Governance Framework guidelines.  To raise the profile of research among health professionals, patients and the public.  To line manage the generic research team.

Tel: 03004 22 6078                              Email: pauline.brown@glos.nhs.uk

Senior Research Nurse (Paediatrics / Diabetes)

Sue Beames

The Senior Research Nurse covering research in Children and Young Adults and Diabetes which is part of the NIHR portfolio.  The role is to assist in the provision of research services to the Gloucestershire Health Community and to increase the opportunity for children and young adults to take part in clinical trials and other well designed studies.  Gloucestershire has a long standing history of participating in children's research and we are currently a shared care site for paediatric oncology trials, which are undertaken by the Cancer Research Team.

Tel: 03004 22 5478/5479                             Email: sue.beames@glos.nhs.uk  

Senior Research Nurse / Research Nurse (Stroke & Neurodegenerative)

Deborah Ward and Jennifer Turfrey

The team are responsible for supporting clinical studies within the Stroke speciality area, by working collaboratively with the clinical trials team and the wider multi-disciplinary team in the management of clinical trial patients.  The role involved using an in depth knowledge of trial protocols relating to the early treatment, rehabilitation and impact to people who have experienced a stroke.  It also includes and understanding of how the condition affects clinical practice, the research methodologies used.

The team also work on the Neurodegenerative research projects which are part of the Dementia and Neurodegenerative portfolio.

Tel: 03004 22 5345                                      Email: deborah.ward@glos.nhs.uk / jennifer.turfrey@glos.nhs.uk Mobile: 07500 066597  

Senior Research Nurse (Respiratory Care)

Natalie Bynorth

The main function of this post is to provide support to studies in respiratory, undertaking research falling within the NIHR portfolio of studies.  The role involves using an in depth knowledge of trial protocols and understanding their application in practice, research methodology and an in depth working expertise of the requirements of local, national and international research regulations.

Tel: 03004 22 5478/5479                           Email: natalie.bynorth@glos.nhs.uk    or   respiratory.research@glos.nhs.uk  

Senior Research Nurse (Cancer / Non-Cancer GI )

Christian Loveridge, Paula Townshend and Linda Hill

The aim of this role is to improve the speed, quality and integration of research within the hospital.  The main responsibilities include screening and recruitment of patients in cancer trials, monitoring patient pathways and data quality, supporting trial patients and the supervision of junior staff.  They assist with identification of patients eligible for recruitment into studies, ensuring that the studies are conducted according to the study protocol, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Research Governance and local trust guidelines.

Tel: 03004 22 6686  /  6068  /  6067            

Email: christian.loveridge@glos.nhs.uk / paula.townshend@glos.nhs.nk /  linda.hill@glos.nhs.uk / estelle.nambela@glos.nhs.uk

Research Support Officer (Delivery)

Kayleigh Collins

To provide support to the Research Delivery Team, involving all aspects of study co-ordination. 

The role includes administraton, data collection and entry, liaison with clinical staff, service users and support services.  Also contributes to the patient recruitment process to include blood/specimen collection, undertaking basic clinical observations, and receive informed consent.  All work is carried out in accordance to the EU Directive, ICH-GCP, Research Governance and local Standard Operating Procedures and Policies, whilst aiming to achieve the National Institute of Health Research Network targets for speed and quality of research.   

Tel: 03004 22 5478/5479                              Email: kayleigh.collins@glos.nhs.uk

Data Officer (Cancer / Non-Cancer GI)

TBC

The role involves providing support to the Senior Research Nurses, Clinical Studies Officers and Research Nurse (Cancer / Non-Cancer Upper GI) to ensure the quality of data for cancer and non-cancer Upper GI trials.

 Tel: 03004 22 6886                                     Email:      

          
 

Cancer Research Team

The Research Nurses and Clinical Studies Officers main function is to provide support to clinicians who wish to undertake research falling within the cancer portfolio.  This includes identification of patients eligible for recruitment and ensuring that the studies are conducted according to the study protocol, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Research Governance and local Trust guidelines, resulting in the collection of high quality data.  The role involved using an in depth knowledge of trial protocols and their application in practice, research methodology and an in depth working expertise of the requirements of local, national and international research regulations. 

Lead Research Nurse (Cancer)

Chris Ford

Chris ensures that the clinical trials within the cancer speciality are run as part of a national programme of research and will be involved in all stages of the research process.  Principal responsibilities include, the coordination of trials, assisting in achieving national targets for patient recruitment, promoting quality research and developing and implementing operational policy.  Supervising and undertaking the assessment and management of care pathways for patients in cancer clinical trials.  She is also responsible for raising the profile of clinical trials among health professionals, patients and the public.

Tel: 03004 22 5483                                       Email: chris.ford@glos.nhs.uk     

Senior Research Nurse, Senior Research Co-ordinator 

Sarah Beazer, Sarah Stanley, Amy Skelton and Rachel Sayers

The aim of this role is to improve the speed, quality and integration of research within the hospital.  The main responsibilities include screening and recruitment of patients in cancer trials, monitoring patient pathways and data quality, supporting trial patients and the supervision of junior staff.  They assist with identification of patients eligible for recruitment into studies, ensuring that the studies are conducted according to the study protocol, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Research Governance and local trust guidelines.

Tel: 03004 22 6686  or  03004 22 6887 - Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Tel: 03004 22 4415  or  03004 22 3445 - Cheltenham General Hospital

Research Nurse / Clinical Studies Officer (Cancer/ non-Cancer GI)

Kate Trigg-Hogarth, Rehana Bakawala and Elaine Pratten

The role involves providing support to clinicians who wish to undertake research falling within the NIHR portfolio for cancer. trials

Tel: 03004 22 6886  -  Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Tel: 03004 22 3445  -  Cheltenham General Hospital

Data Officers (Cancer)

Julie Allen, Jill Chittock, Lin Crossley and Amanda Selassie

The role involves providing support to the Senior Research Nurses, Clinical Studies Officers and Research Nurse (Cancer / Non-Cancer GI) to ensure the quality of data for cancer and non-cancer Upper GI trials.

 Tel: 03004 22 6886  -  Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Tel: 03004 22 3445 / 03004 22 3602 / 03004 22 3265  -  Cheltenham General Hospital

          

 

Research Team

Senior Research Nurse (Neurology/ Vascular)

Paula Hilltout

The main function of this post is to provide support to studies in the areas of neurology and vascular, undertaking research falling within the NIHR portfolio.  The role involves using an in depth knowledge of trial protocols and understanding their application in practice, research metholodgy and an in depth working expertise of the requirements of local, national and international research regulations.

Tel: 03004 22 8962                                      Email: paula.hilltout@glos.nhs.uk

Research Nurse (Women's Health)

Emma Ross

The main function of this post is to provide support to studies in midwifery, undertaking research falling within the NIHR portfolio. The post is part of a group of other research nurses and clinical studies officers and research staff and will be responsible for supporting clinical studies within local trusts, by working collaboratively with the clinical trials team and the wider multi-disciplinary team in the management of clinical trial patients to ensure there is capacity to recruit patients into clinical trials.

Tel: 03004 22 5531                                     Email: emma.ross@glos.nhs.uk    or Imox@glos.nhs.uk

  

 

Mental Health Research Team

The Lead Clinical Studies Officer and Mental Health study teams main function is to provide support to clinicians who wish to undertake research falling within the mental health portfolio.  This includes identification of patients eligible for recruitment and ensuring that the studies are conducted according to the study protocol, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Research Governance and local Trust guidelines, resulting in the collection of high quality data.  The role involved using an in depth knowledge of trial protocols and their application in practice, research methodology and an in depth working expertise of the requirements of local, national and international research regulations.  This is mainly undertaken within the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust setting. 

Lead Clinical Studies Officer (Mental Health)

Genevieve Riley

Genevieve is the Lead Clinical Studies Officer for research which falls within the NIHR Mental Health portfolio.  These studies are often run nationally due to small number of potential participants especially within specialised services.  The main function is to provide support to clinicians who wish to undertake research falling within the NIHR portfolio.  The role involves using an in-depth knowledge of trial protocols and their application in practice, research methodology and an in depth working expertise of the requirments of local, national and international research regulations.

Tel: 01452 89 4045                                     Email: genevieve.riley@glos.nhs.uk

Senior Clinical Studies Officer (Mental Health)

Liz Walker/ Lisa Moore

The Senior Clinical Studies Officers cover MentalHealth research which is part of the NIHR portfolio.  The aim of this role is to improve the speed, quality and integration of research within the community.  the main responsibilities include screening and recruitment of patients in trials, monitoring patient pathways and data quality and supporting trial participants.

Tel: 01452 89 4049                                    Email: liz.walker@glos.nhs.uk / lisa.moore@glos.nhs.uk  

Assistant Clinical Studies Officer

Ellen Tait

This role is to ensure patient safety and assist in achieving targets and patient recruitment, speed of research and quality of research within the mental health setting.

Tel: 01452 89 4049                                          Email: ellen.tait@glos.nhs.uk  

   

 

BOSS Clinical Trials Team

Barrett's Oesophagus Surveillance Study (BOSS) - This is a trial funded by the National Institute for Health Research through the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme and run by the Research Support Service based at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  

BOSS / BRIDE Clinical Trials Coordinator

Clive Stokes

Working as part of a team of research professionals.  The main function of the Clinical Trial Coordinator is to be responsible for setting up study procedures, setting up study sites, running the trial, training other study staff.   

Tel: 03004 22 5477                                     Email: clive.stokes@glos.nhs.uk     

BOSS Data Officers

Susan Walton, Cathryn Rasdell and Helen Sainsbury

The BOSS Data Officers ensure that the day to day data related tasks for the BOSS trial are carried out in conjunction with the BOSS Data Manager and Trial Coordinator, ensuring that the collection of trial data is complete, accurate and up to date for analysis according to agreed deadlines.  Recording and coding incoming forms and / or abstract from source records for computer entry, checking for inconsistencies, violations and adverse events.  Collating data and providing reports to internal and external audiences. 

Tel: 03004 22 5475                                     Email: cathryn.rasdell@glos.nhs.uk

Tel: 03004 22 5475                                     Email: helen.sainsbury@glos.nhs.uk

Tel: 03004 22 5474                                     Email: susan.walton@glos.nsh.uk   

  

 

Administrative Team

Office Manager and (SW) RDS Administrator

Sue Woods

The main function of this post is the coordination of administrative functions in the Research Office by ensuring a full office management and clerical service that will contribute to the teams delivery of an efficient and high quality service.  This will include event management, tracking payments and invoices for commercial trials.

To provide administrative over-sight for locally sponsored trials including support through the ethical approval process.

Provides administrative support to the work of the NIHR RDS SW. To include maintenance of the activity database, supporting applicants to NIHR funding streams by creating NIHR accounts, costings and completion of application forms.

The post also involves coordinating the administrative services to the RDS (SW) Deputy Director / Associate Director of R&D and members of the Research Support Service Office and research collaborators by ensuring a comprehensive administrative and business support service. Also to provide day-to-day management of the office, ensuring effective and efficient systems to deliver the required service.

Tel: 03004 22 6079                                       Email: sue.woods@glos.nhs.uk