Our Research Partners

At University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust we work with a number of collaborators and organisations to help deliver high quality research with the overall aim to improve patient healthcare and to potentially provide new treatments, diagnostic aids or services across the NHS. Our research partners include the South West Research Design Service (RDS), the University of Plymouth and the Clinical Research Network (CRN). For more information feel free to read more about our research partners below.


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University of Plymouth

From basic research discovering the causes of disease, through to evaluating novel ways of delivering care to the most vulnerable people in society, the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (PIHR) is a thriving community that conducts adventurous world-leading research with the explicit purpose of improving the health and care of the populations we serve. At the heart of PIHR’s mission is a desire to solve the problems that really matter to people.

Visit the University of Plymouth website.


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Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU)

We are a leading academic clinical trials unit with expertise in designing, developing, supporting and co-ordinating high quality, multi-centre clinical trials and other well-designed studies that will directly influence clinical and healthcare practice.

We work in partnership with clinicians, researchers, the NIHR Research Design Service South West, the Clinical Research Network and other partners from across the South West Peninsula and beyond, starting with the funding application, to deliver the full spectrum of clinical trial expertise to applicable standards and regulations.

Visit Peninsula Clinical Trails Unit website.


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South West Research Design Service

The Research Design Service (RDS) is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The RDS South West (RDS SW) is one of several regional services around the country making up the national RDS.

We provide help for people preparing research proposals for submission to open, national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. Our team of people is based in universities and the NHS across the South West, and are able to advise and provide practical support when you are developing your grant application. As we are funded by the NIHR for this purpose, such help is provided free of charge.

Visit the SW RDS website.


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We work alongside health and social care professionals, researchers and local communities to address the immediate issues facing the health and social care system through applied health and care research.

Visit the PenARC website for more information.


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South West Clinical Research Network (SW CRN)

We are one of 15 Clinical Research Networks (CRN) delivering health and social care research across England. We help to increase the opportunities for people to take part in health and social care research, which will lead to better health and care outcomes now and in the future.

Visit the SW CRN NIHR website.

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