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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.'



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.

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.


Research Governance (GCP) Training

10th Jan 2017
This course is designed to ensure that when conducting medical research the rights, safety and well-being of patients are always protected and that the quality of data collected is high. The course covers Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the EU Directives, UK Regulations and Research Governance Framework requirements covering clinical trials and other NIHR Portfolio studies conducted within the NHS. The course will also reinforce the importance of keeping up-to-date with developments. If you are on a study delegation log it is Trust policy that you are in possession of a current (less than 2 years old) GCP training attendance certificate To check your status on the R&D training log / further information / book a place / receive an electronic copy of an attendance certificate please contact: Julie or Victoria on plh-tr.researchandinnovation@nhs.net tel 432197/439992

NIHR Research Funding - seminar & support events

27th Apr 2017
The registration for the next NIHR Research Funding - seminar & support events is now open. These will be held on 27 April 2017 at the University of Bristol and on 28 June 2017 at Bournemouth University. The events consists of: a morning seminar session which is open to anyone to come and hear Simon Goodwin, RfPB Programme Manager for the South West, and RDS advisers give presentations on what makes a good grant proposal. An afternoon support session of one-to-one appointments which is for those who would like to discuss their own proposal Simon and/or an RDS adviser. Those interested in this opportunity will be asked to supply in advance a brief description of their project idea. Registration is FREE and lunch will be provided. Places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. In order to secure a place at one of these events, delegates will need to complete the online registration form. One-to-one appointments need to be booked in advance by selecting the appropriate option on the registration form. You can find out more at: www.rds-sw.nihr.ac.uk/events.htm


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.

Health related Funding opportunities

Latest funding opportunities

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


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.