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Support for Researchers

This page was last updated: January 26th, 2023

We have a whole team dedicated to supporting and facilitating NHS research in Cornwall. This page will direct you to a host of resources to help you set up and run a research project. Please contact for support and assistance.

Contacts for Research & Development

Head of R&D & Archivist

Bianca Mills
Overall responsibility for sponsorship at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

QMS/Asst Research Manager

Responsible for research governance throughout the life of the study from feasibility to archiving.

Lead Research Nurse

Lisa Trembath
Responsible for nursing governance and performance.

Research Information and Data Officer
Provides support to researchers through the research pathway, from grant application to dissemination of results.

Study Set Up Team

01872 256424
Responsible for the management of Capacity and Capability review of research studies including contracts, costings and study set up.

Audit & Monitoring Officer

Brendon James
01872 256429
Responsible for audit and reporting of the quality of research conduct.

Research Communication & Engagement Specialist

Amanda Datson
01872 256420
Research Patient & Public Involvement & Engagement Lead for Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Sponsorship Oversight Committee
Contact email account for all Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust sponsored research.

Research Statistician Request Form

    Statistical query – advice required (please tick all that apply)*

    If your project is new please complete a QIdeas form.

    Research Charity Fund Applications

    To make an application please email the Research Charity Team at


    Charity Meeting Date Deadline for Bids
    1st February 2023 11th January 2023
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    Guidance for researchers

    Do you have a research idea involving NHS staff, patients or services in Cornwall?

    If you have a research idea that involves NHS staff or patients in Cornwall, your first step to making it a reality is to complete the QIdeas form.

    The form is the gateway to the relevant experts to help you progress your idea into research.

    This free service is available to ALL healthcare professional in Cornwall, including non-NHS organisations with projects eligible for NIHR funding.

    It is brought to you by a team of experts from The Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust’s Clinical School in partnership with the University of Plymouth, Royal Cornwall Hospital RD&I Department, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust, South West Research Design Service (RDS) and the Cornwall Health Library Service.

    Once you have completed and submitted your form, it will be directed to the appropriate teams, who will then contact you directly to discuss your idea and support your development.

    First stages

    Study design & approval

    Post-approval responsibilities

    • EDGE – You will be given login details to access to EDGE, a secure online Clinical Management System
    • Safety reporting – Procedures for safety reporting
    • Post-approval amendments – Amendments are changes made to a research project after approval from a review body has been given
    • End of study declaration – Link to the form for completing once your study is complete
    • Archiving your project – Guide for storage and destruction of information once your study is published

    Roles and Responsibilities

    Chief Investigator (CI)

    The CI is the overall lead for a research project. They are responsible for the overall conduct of a research project.
    UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research (Chief Investigator)

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    The person responsible for the conduct of the research at the research site. There will be a PI for each research site
    Roles and responsibilities

    Associate Principal Investigators (API)

    The Associate PI Scheme is a 6 month in-work training opportunity, providing experience for healthcare professionals starting their research career. People who would not normally have the opportunity to take part in research in their role have the chance to experience what it means to work on and deliver a NIHR portfolio trial under the mentorship of a Local PI. Participating healthcare professionals receive formal recognition of engagement in NIHR Portfolio research studies through the certification of Associate PI status, endorsed by the NIHR and Royal Colleges.
    Associate Principal Investigator (PI) Scheme


    Each research study must have a sponsor. They will take overall responsibility for proportionate, effective arrangements being in place to set up, run and report a research project.
    Roles and responsibilities

    If you are interested in finding out more about getting involved in research please contact

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