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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.'



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.

AllTrials Campaign - It's never too late to publish a forgotten or abandoned clinical trial.

25th September 2014
This week we’re telling five stories of researchers who published trials that were at risk of being lost forever. The researchers have ensured that the results of 1245 patients’ contributions in the trials are now available. Yet trials involving hundreds of thousands more patients remain unreported and unused. By highlighting how some researchers were able to share their results, we are showing others how they can make their trials count.

Relatives of patients with rheumatoid arthritis needed to help us PREVeNT RA!

23rd January 2014
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterised by joint swelling and stiffness. We want to study people who are close blood relatives of someone with rheumatoid arthritis, but do not have the disease themselves, in order to identify risk factors for developing RA and find ways to PREVeNT it. If you have a parent, brother or sister, or child with rheumatoid arthritis but do not have RA yourself, please get in touch!


Research Governance (GCP) Training

4th Oct 2016
Tuesday 4th October 2016 10:00-12:30; Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Medical Centre

Health Research Authority (HRA) Training session

7th Oct 2016
You will be aware that as of 1st April this year the process for gaining R&D approval in England has changed. If your study is led from England and involves the NHS in England, you should now use HRA approval. In order for clearer understanding of what this new process looks like and how it will affect studies being run in England we have set up a training session.

Research Governance (GCP) Training

7th Nov 2016
Monday 7th November 14:00-16:30; Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Medical Centre


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.