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 Research Design Service (RDS), the University of Plymouth, PenCLAHRC and the Clinical Research Network (CRN). For more information feel free to read more about our research partners below.

Research Design Service (RDS)

The Research Design Service, which is part of the infrastructure of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), consists of a team of people, based in universities and the NHS across the South West, able to advise and provide practical support on research design and methodology to researchers making funding applications for healthcare research.  They include methodologists, statistician and health economists. For more information about the Research Design service, click here.

University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth has developed a renowned international reputation for its high quality research across numerous disciplines including medical, dental and biomedical research in the South West. The Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) focuses on research themes which include brain tumour research, neurosciences, public healthcare and diagnostics which are supported and potentially collaborated with University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. The University also provides researchers with vital tools and professional services to help facilitate healthcare research in the South West. This includes Medical Statistics and the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit. To find out more about research at the University of Plymouth and the services they provide, click here.


PenCLAHRC is the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for the South West Peninsula. CLAHRCs are collaborative partnerships between universities and the surrounding NHS organisations, focused on improving patient outcomes through the conduct and application of research. For more information about PenCLAHRC, click here.

Clinical Research Network (CRN)

The Clinical Research Network is made up of 15 local networks, including the South West Peninsula, to provide support and funding to enable healthcare professionals to conduct high quality research studies throughout the NHS. The CRN also work closely with patients and the public to create awareness of opportunities to participate in research studies across the NHS. To find out more about  the Clinical Research Network and the support it provides, click here.

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