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The Trust Board recognises that research is integral to the Trust’s ability to achieve its overall long-term aims and it has put in place an ambitious Research & Development Strategic Plan 2009-2014 with the following mission:

‘To support the Trust’s strategic care programmes by developing a research rich culture and environment which is based on research strengths, targeted investment and collaborative research.’

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has a well established reputation for high quality research and development and a strong record of participation in commercial and non-commercial clinical trials. Research takes place within all of our clinical directorates, inspired by the successes of our internationally recognised researchers in areas such as neurosciences and diabetes.

If you would like more information on any aspect of our research and development activities please get in touch with us via our contacts page.

Prof. Simon Rule Associate Medical Director for R&D



Academic & Commercial Research

The R&D Department welcomes enquiries from the Pharmaceutical Industry and Academic Institutions for both commercial and non-commercial research projects. The aim of the R&D Department is to set up trials in 4-6 weeks by providing a single point of contact for all clinical trial requirements. Click here for more information

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