Our Research Team

The Research Team

Gary Minto

Gary Minto

Director of R&D 

Gary Minto trained as an anaesthetist in London, the South West, South Africa and Australia & is a consultant in Plymouth, Devon as well as the Director of R&D.

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.

Nicola Parsons

Nicola Parsons
Clinical Trials Finance Co-ordinator 

Nicola is a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Passed Finalist, and works closely with Corinna in managing the R&D accounts and costing research projects in line with AcoRD guidance. Nicola has responsibility for negotiating commercial trial budgets and managing Research Network income

Dr Chris Rollinson

Dr. Chris Rollinson
Research Governance Manager

Research governance can be defined as the broad range of regulations, principles and standards of good practice that ensure high quality research.   The Trust’s research governance team facilitates the implementation of standards to improve research quality and the safeguarding of the public.  The team promote ethical and good practice whilst endeavouring to maintain scientific quality, reduce adverse incidents, ensuring lessons are  learnt, preventing poor performance and misconduct.

Elinor Pegg

Elinor Pegg

Research Operations Manager

With a focus on clinical databases Elinor currently oversees the one-stop-shop that University Hospitals Plymouth can offer researchers:  direct placement of enquiries for study feasibility to the appropriate interested researcher, a single point of contact for study set-up and centralised amendment review and acknowledgment.

Catherine Pitman

Catherine Pitman

Business Manager

Catherine Pitman has worked within the research field in the commercial sector and more recently the NHS, since 2003. She currently manages a team of research practitioners to support delivery of  research across the areas of Neurology, Immunology, Infection Control, Sexual Health, Dermatology and Rheumatology at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

Dr Helen Neilens

Dr. Helen Neilens

Senior Research Advisor & Trust Innovation Lead

Helen provides support and advice in all aspects of clinical and healthcare research for University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust including funding, protocol development and approvals. She collaborates with the University of Plymouth on projects involving both organisations. Helen is also responsible for the Trust Innovation Pathway and any innovative ideas staff may have can be directed to her.

Victoria Yates

Victoria Yates
Senior Research Facilitator 

Vic is currently a Senior Research Support Facilitator supporting the work of the Research Governance team, ensuring that governance requirements are fulfilled. She works closely with Chief Investigators within the Trust, supporting them to develop and submit their research documents and forms to the relevant regulatory bodies.  She manages all Trust sponsored studies throughout their lifetime, including set up,  processing amendments, and close out.  She frequently represents the Trust at Trial Management and Trial Steering Committee meetings. Vic is also  deputy research archivist for the Trust.

Hannah Allende

Hannah Allende

Assistant Clinical Trials Manager

To support the Research Governance Manager to provide specialist advice and guidance on all matters relating to achieving and maintaining compliance with regulations and guidance relevant to the facilitation and delivery of clinical research.

Nicki Allot

Nicki Allott

Research Support Facilitator

Nicki has spent over 12 years working in Primary and Secondary care settings, with the last 2 years working in Primary Care Clinical Research. Having a depth of knowledge in the patient care pathways helps Nicki to understand the importance of clinical research and keep patients best interests at the heart of all our activities. Nicki oversees the study set up team within Research & Development at University Hospitals Plymouth.

Amber Lord

Amber Lord

Trainee Research Advisor

Amber supports the Senior Research Advisor with providing advice to researchers on all aspects of the research process, from study design and feasibility through to the development of protocols and accompanying study documents, prior to Trust sponsorship and submission to the relevant regulatory bodies. 

Helen Baker

Hellen Baker

Trainee Junior Research Support Facilitator

After experiencing first-hand the amazing work the NHS do, I wanted to join the Research department. I am passionate about assisting with studies and working with others in and out of work to make a better tomorrow for everyone.

Karen Dodd

Karen Dodd & Cody Coulton

R&D Finance Administrator

Karen and Cody are responsible for administering financial processes to support research studies from the set-up of new studies to the close down of completed studies.  Ensuring studies are financially up to date by liaising with sponsor Clinical Research Associates (CRA) and site nurse co-ordinators to facilitate regular invoicing.  Karen and Cody update the R&D financial systems for reporting purposes as well as a number of other financial tasks within the department.

Cody Coulton

Becky Dempster

Becky Dempster

Research Receptionist & Admin Assistant

I have supported Research and development for 2 years as a receptionist/administrator. I look after two receptions, one in our main R&D office and one on The James Lind Research Centre, working opposite to the other receptionist, Rebecca Taylor. I predominantly support the wider teams and assist wherever I am needed.

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

Research Receptionist & Admin Assistant

My background is in Advertising and Estate Agency and in recent years I have been a receptionist and Assistant Host Manager. I work opposite Becky covering the reception on both the James Lind Research Centre and the R&D office. In addition to working as a receptionist for research, I also support our admin team with any tasks they need help with.

Research Nurses and Midwives

 

The Trust has several teams dedicated Research Nurses and Midwives to assisted in the conduct of research in the Trust.
Ben Hyams

Ben Hyams

Lead Research Nurse

Ben has been in his current role as Lead Research Nurse since 2013 where he has overall responsibility for the Research Delivery team in UHPNT. He has a background in Stroke Nursing and helped set up the Acute Stroke Unit in Plymouth. He has a PG Cert,  and is working towards a Masters Degree, in Healthcare Leadership Management and Innovation.

Karen Rudge

Karen Rudge

Specialist Research Nurse

Karen manages the Hepatology and Gastroenterology research portfolios. She works closely with the consultants and the clinical teams to deliver commercial and non-commercial research. Karen has had a wide range of experience, supporting and managing research in almost all specialties in the research department. 

Julie Alderton

Julie Alderton

Specialist Research Nurse

Julie is team leader for Cardiac, Stroke and Respiratory research delivery at UHPNT. Before commencing this role she specialised in Cardiothoracic nursing in London and Oxford.

Jocelyn Watson

Jocelyn Watson 

Research Nurse Educator/Patient Engagement & Involvement (PEI) Lead

Jocelyn joined the RD&I department in 2009 to deliver research in obstetrics, gynaecology and reproductive health. Jocelyn now divides her time between education and delivery of the Cancer arm of the 100,000 Genomes Project.

Nicola Crosbie

Nicola Crosbie

Specialist Research Nurse

Nicky heads the Haematology Research Team.

Abi Patrick

Abi Patrick

Specialist Research Practitioner

I manage a team of research nurses and practitioners to deliver both commercial and non-commercial research, mainly within neurology but more recently within urgent public health.

I have been in the trust since 1998 and prior to joining the research team I worked as an anaesthetic practitioner covering all surgical specialties, specialising in neurosurgery.

 

Elaine Freeman

Specialist Research Nurse

Elaine is currently Team Lead for the DREAM GROUP managing a range of portfolios including Diabetes, Renal, Endocrine, Assorted (Dermatology, ENT, ICU, ED) and Maternity (DREAM) together with Gynaecology, Rheumatology, Orthopaedics, Urology and Paediatrics (GROUP). Elaine has also worked across neurology, cardiology, respiratory and Covid-19 research within the department.

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