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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.

Our mission is 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.'



In Memory of Stephen Kelly

1st November 2016
It is with great sadness that we inform you that Stephen Kelly (Consultant Oncologist) died peacefully at his home on 25th October, surrounded by his family. Steve was a larger than life character who cared deeply for his patients and was a passionate advocate for their wider care. He will be missed by his many friends and colleagues throughout the Trust and in the wider community. He is survived by his wife Pat and their two children. Pat has asked us to pass on her gratitude for all the support during Steve’s illness, through which he put up a brave fight. Details regarding Steve’s funeral will be shared as they become available. Books of condolence have been opened in the Mustard Tree Centre and Oncology Outpatients. Phil Hughes, Medical Director

Modified Cast Instead of Surgery Results in Similar Functional Outcomes for Ankle Fracture in Older Adults

14th October 2016
PI: Mark Brinsden; RN/P Claire West, Rosalyn Squire from Derriford Hospital, Plymouth were collaberators in the AIM study which has now reported the results in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). - “The results reported by Willett et al demonstrate that most unstable ankle fractures in older patients can be treated with a cast without the need for surgery,” writes David W. Sanders, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.S.C., of Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, in an accompanying editorial. “However, many patients who were initially treated by casting subsequently required repeat casting or surgery. Further studies are needed to help identify which patients will not benefit from casting. Although close contact casting may be unfamiliar to some orthopedic surgeons, it can avoid surgery for older patients with ankle fractures, yet result in equivalent functional outcomes. This technique is worth considering when treating this challenging clinical problem.”

World first blood test reduces risk and increases accuracy in prenatal testing

9th November 2015
Research into a simple, acurate and low risk blood test that can detect fetal blood group, sex, and genetic condition in unborn babies.


Research Awareness Week

12th Dec 2016
We would like to announce that the Trust and the Clinical Schools with Plymouth University are hosting a Clinical Research Awareness week for nurses and Allied Health Professionals. There will be four seminars covering topics such as the differences between research and audit, support available including the library resources, funding and approval processes. The week ends with an all-day research symposium on the Friday which will showcase the wealth of NHS research being carried out by nurses and AHPs in the South West and include talks from key people involved in supporting research. Please see the programme of events below and a link to the event bright booking for each seminar and symposium. All the events will be held in the Postgraduate Medical School. If you have any questions about the events please contact Dr Helen Neilens. tel. 01752 (4)39991 email. hneilens@nhs.net

Research Governance (GCP) Training

13th Dec 2016
Tuesday 13th December 2016 10:00-12:30; Lecture Theatre Postgraduate Medical Centre


15th Dec 2016
Please come along and join us for a breakfast bap and find out about how our IM&T Team have been supporting clinicians in the development of apps to help deliver great patient care.


NIHR Funding Opportunities

Current research funding opportunities for researchers, research teams and organisations.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Travel to learn – return to inspire… We fund British citizens to investigate inspiring practice in other countries, and return with innovative ideas for the benefit of people across the UK.

MRC - Medical Research Council. Leading science for better ... How we fund research... Apply for funding. Click on 'more' for futher information and links.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Through Bioscience for Health, BBSRC provides sustained research investment to improve health and wellbeing across the life course, reducing the need for medical and social intervention.


What is Innovation?

NHS Innovation is the application of new ideas to provide benefits to the NHS and patients. These benefits may be new or improved products, processes or services resulting in cost saving and improving patient care, not necessarily making money.

There are three types of innovation;

A new product i.e. a piece of equipment to be used in a surgical intervention.

A new process i.e. patient notes being transferred between clinics to save time.

A new service i.e. telephone follow up service.

This area of the website provides detailed information and resources covering aspects of innovation within the Trust and how the Research and Development Department can help.