Our Research Team

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The Research Team

Corinna Mossop

Corinna Mossop
R&D Manager 

Corinna was instrumental in the early days of R&D in the Trust in developing and setting up the service, pathways and visibility of research at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.  R&D now has an average of 500 studies running at any one time.  As the R&D Manager Corinna is responsible for the well organised and efficient running of the R&D Department, ensuring that all research is set up promptly, approvals and diagnostic support services are in place and appropriate resources available to support the smooth running of all studies. Corinna was integral in developing the one cost process to further support the smooth setup of research projects across the Trust and the South West Peninsula.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the department as well as being passionate about clinical research in the NHS environment and the benefits it brings for our patients.

Julie Brown

Julie Brown
Senior Research Support Facilitator 

Julie is currently a Senior Research Facilitator supporting the work of the Research Governance team. She works closely with Chief Investigators within the Trust and helps researchers complete their IRAS applications, ensuring that governance requirements are fulfilled.  She is deputy research archivist for the Trust and also performs monitoring on Trust sponsored research studies.

Julie also provides support with study set-up and local research governance checks. She ensures that  local projects are delivered on time and on target and also processes amendments.

Marie Roberts

Marie Roberts
R&D Information Officer 

Marie supports implementation, maintenance and administration of the EDGE research management software. She monitors recruitment, maintains databases and produces reports.  She also assists with feasibility.

Nicola Parsons

Nicola Parsons
Clinical Trials Finance Co-ordinator 

Nicola has a Biology Bsc Hons from University of Portsmouth.  She is also a Chartered Institute of Managment Accountants, Passed Finalist, and works closely with Corinna in managing the R&D accounts and costing research projects.

Jocelyn Elmes

Jocelyn Elmes
Clinical Trials Deputy Finance Co-ordinator 

Jocelyn is involved in clinical trial feasibility, and attends site selection visits with key staff.  She also provides support in study set up, costing non-commercial studies, and is the key organiser with office events.

Karen Bradburn

Karen Bradburn
R&D Office Clinical Trials Finance Assistant Administrator 

Karen is currently the R&D Office Clinical Trials Finance Assistant Administrator

Karen is the first point of contact for all diagnostic services.  She is the intermediary between researchers, research nurses and support services.  Karen is responsible for maintaining spreadsheets and records for all trials, and the preparing & raising of invoices.

Dr Chris Rollinson

Dr. Chris Rollinson
Research Governance Manager

Chris has worked for around 18 years in both commercial and non-commercial organisations overseeing and delivering clinical trials research.  During this time he has gained experience in a number of clinical trial roles such as; auditing & monitoring, project management, scientific advisor and trainer.

As an Honorary University Fellow of Plymouth University, Chris delivers a Special Study Unit (SSU) on 'The drug discovery and development process' to medical students.

Dr Helen Neilens

Dr. Helen Neilens
Research Advisor & Trust Innovation Lead 

Helen is currently Research Advisor & Trust Innovation Lead

Helen provides support and training in all aspects of clinical and health services research for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust . Helen is also able to supply help and advice on any innovative ideas staff may have.

Helen has a background in Intensive Care and Coronary Care nursing before studying Psychology and obtaining her PhD in 2005. Helen has numerous years of experience conducting research in Plymouth University before commencing her role here in the trust. She is happy to discuss any ideas which you have and will provide all the support you need to develop your research into a feasible project, identify funding opportunities, apply for NHS approvals and signpost you to potential collaborators in the South West. Helen is also a Research Design Consultant for the Research Design Service.

Victoria Yates

Victoria Yates
Senior Research Facilitator 

Vic is currently a Senior Research Facilitator supporting the work of the Research Governance team. She works closely with Chief Investigators within the Trust and helps researchers complete their IRAS applications, ensuring that governance requirements are fulfilled.  She is deputy research archivist for the Trust and also performs monitoring on Trust sponsored research studies.

Vic was awarded a BSc majoring in Mathematics & Statistics from the Open University in 2007, she has worked in the NHS for over 12 years.

Vic joined the R&D Office in 2011, in the role of Research Support Facilitator which involved providing support for all aspects of clinical trial research during the set-up process.

Junior Research Faciltator

Hannah Allende
Junior Research Facilitator 

Hannah supports the Deputy R&D Manager in the process of approving, maintaining, amending and closing research projects taking place at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Before commencing this role, Hannah worked as a Therapies Administrator and has over 7 years NHS experience. In 2014 Hannah was awarded a BSc in Psychology from the Open University and is currently working towards an MSc in Psychological Research Methods at Plymouth University.’

Rebecca Woodington

Rebecca Woodington
Research and Innovation Facilitator 

Originally from Bristol, Rebecca is working as a Research and Innovation Facilitator within the Research and Development department.

Rebecca was recently awarded a first class honours degree in Biomedical Science from the Plymouth University and has used her experience to provide vital support on all aspects of the research pathway.

Prior to starting her role as a Research and Innovation Facilitator, Rebecca worked as a Marketing and PR assistant where she managed and produced numerous marketing material for a variety of clients within the energy and renewable sectors.

She has since applied her marketing know-how into the world of Innovation to promote and create awareness of all Innovation projects going on within the Trust. 

Wendy Reynolds

Wendy Reynolds
Research Support Administrator 

Wendy’s role includes processing amendments post study approval, and assisting with archiving research projects. She also assists the Research Facilitator in the process of approving, maintaining, and closing research projects .

Previously Wendy worked as a PA on a sheep farm, and prior to that spent many years in retail management. She attained a BSc in Social Sciences from the Open University in 2014.


Molly Mucha-Cable
R&D Business Admin Apprentice 

Molly is currently the R&D receptionist working towards her Level 2 in Business Administration. Molly has moved from a background in retail and customer service to pursue a career within the NHS.  Her experience in customer service will be reflected in her new role as the R&D receptionist as she will act as the main port of call and your first point of contact for all Research and Development queries. 

Ben Hyams

Ben Hyams
Lead Research Nurse/Matron 

Ben was appointed as the Lead Research Nurse / Matron in the autumn of 2013.


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