Support for Researchers

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 Gina Townley 01872 256428 for support and assistance. Please see our latest newsletters aimed at researchers.

Contacts for the Research, Development & Innovation Team

Research Manager

Mike Visick
01872 256424
Overall responsibility for sponsorship at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Assistant Research Manager

Nick Morley
01872 256422
Responsible for research governance throughout the life of the study from feasibility to archiving.

Lead Research Nurse

Lisa Trembath
01872 256499
Responsible for nursing governance and performance.

Research Information and Data Officer

Gina Townley
01872 255175
Provides support to researchers through the research pathway, from grant application to dissemination of results.

Studies Set Up Manager

Alyson Andrew
01872 256423
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 256417
Responsible for audit and reporting of the quality of research conduct.

Research Project Manager

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

Research Manager – Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust

Sharon Hudson
01209 318388
Contact for all Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust Research.

Research Manager – South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Maria Robinson
01392 261655
Contact for all South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

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

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 research ideas 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

RD&I Research Bursary Award Scheme

Researcher and Dermatology Registrar, Fangyi Xie, talks about her study and the support she has received from the RD&I Bursary Scheme which is funded by the Cornwall Research Charity Fund.

Current bursaries available

Please note bidding is competitive and bids are welcome for any amount up to the below limit

Amount Area to be spent
£200 Bladder and prostate cancer
£300 Diabetes and fitness
£1000 Cancer
£1000 breast, prostate and testicular cancer
£1000 All non-cancer diseases and conditions

Research, Development & Innovation’s Research Bursary Award Scheme (RBAS)

To provide the initial funding for the development of research ideas.

Guidance for Applicants

It is anticipated applicants will be seeking small amounts of funding to take forward research ideas in the form of “pre-protocol / start up” projects.

Applications to both the Cornwall Research & Cornwall Cancer Research Charity Funds are invited for submission. Please note the following:

  • All applications will be reviewed for their research potential
  • Various amounts of funding are available and all applications will be considered.
  • Projects should be ready for commencement as soon as possible after the funding is awarded
  • Applications to extend existing research projects or ‘top-up’ funding from other sources will be considered.
  • Applications to the RBAS is open to all employees holding a contract (including honorary) with the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • Collaboration between researchers and across sites (academic and healthcare) is encouraged wherever appropriate.
  • All projects must be submitted via the Research Ideas pathway. To apply for the RCHT RBAS, please specify when completing the free text section of the Research Ideas information form at the point of first contact or email . Our team will contact you to discuss your application further.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Research Charity Funds Committee with a turnaround aim of 4/6 weeks.
  • Please note that projects may require registration with the Clinical Effectiveness Team or regulatory approvals.
  • For further assistance or information, please email