Research Bites

Whether you’re a new or established researcher or just have an interest in research and would like to find out more, join us for a series of online bitesize talks taking place on MS Teams at 8am on the last Friday of every month throughout 2022.

Hosted by the Plymouth Research and Development department, each month will consist of a different speaker who will hold a short 10-minute presentation about their involvement in research followed by a 10-minute Q&A. Talks will feature colleagues based at the Trust, South West Clinical Schools, Research Design Service, Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit and more.


Previous talks are available to view below, to date we have heard from:

  • Dr Chris Rollinson, Research Governance Manager
  • Dr Wendy Clyne, Consultant Lead for Research Design Service South West
  • Dr Ashwin Dhanda, Consultant & Honorary Associate Professor in Hepatology
  • Professor Bridie Kent, Professor of Leadership Nursing
  • Chris Haywood, PenCTU Deputy Director & Quality Manager
  • Dr Dawn Swancutt, Senior Research Fellow & PROGROUP Programme Manager
  • Dr Mark Thurston, Consultant Radiologist and Honorary University Fellow


Future talks will feature:

  • Friday 30th September - Dr Claudia Barros, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
  • Friday 25th November - Prof. Jos Latour, Professor in Clinical Nursing & Associate Head of School


If you would like to attend any of the future talks or have any research queries, please contact Amber, Research Advisor –


Introduction to research in the Trust

The Plymouth Research and Development (R&D) department support and advise on all aspects of clinical and healthcare research in the Trust. Dr Chris Rollinson gives an overview of the research taking place in the Trust, Chris also discusses collaborations and introduces some of the R&D team.



Introduction to the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS)

The RDS provides free, confidential advice and support to people applying for research funding. Dr Wendy Clyne gives an overview of the support RDS provides to increase the quality and success of research funding applications. Wendy leads a small team at University of Plymouth providing methodological and research design support to researchers and clinicians in Devon and Cornwall. 



From concept to delivery – my journey with the MIRAGE trial

Dr Ashwin Dhanda describes how he turned an idea into a grant proposal, obtained funding and designed a multicentre pilot trial. Ashwin also explains how he worked with R&D, NIHR RDS and other collaborators to deliver the MIRAGE trial.



Introducing Implementation Research – what underpins the science?

Bridie Kent, Professor of Nursing at the University of Plymouth explores the approaches that inform this growing area of research. Bridie has been involved in implementation science for many years, as it is a means of translating evidence into practice. There are many different models or frameworks that can be used in these types of projects and several of the more commonly used ones are explained.



An introduction to the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU)

PenCTU is a fully registered clinical trials unit in the UK Clinical Research Collaboration. The PenCTU team support the development and delivery of clinical and applied health and care research. Locally, they work in partnership with clinicians, researchers, the UHPNT R&D team, NIHR Research Design Service South West, Clinical Research Network South West Peninsula, amongst others. Here Chris Haywood describes the work of the PenCTU, and busts some common myths around partnering with a clinical trials unit.  



Developing mixed-methods research: The PROGROUP Programme

Mixed-methods research, integrating quantitative and qualitative methods, can seem quite daunting, however great benefits can be achieved by taking this holistic approach. Through this talk Dr Dawn Swancutt describes how their research team developed from small beginnings to gaining a £2.5 million NIHR research programme grant to investigate patient care with a multi-disciplinary team. Dawn highlights some of the benefits and challenges of working in this way.



Developing the UHP image anonymisation workflow

Image analysis research is an exciting area with many opportunities for clinically relevant original research. An important part of any imaging research workflow is the anonymisation process, to ensure compliance with research protocols and guard patient data. Dr Mark Thurston presents progress on implementing an anonymisation pipeline at University Hospitals Plymouth, which has been built with widely available industry standard open source software.


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