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.

Research Charity Fund Applications

To make an application please email the Research Charity Team at



Meeting dates Deadlines for applications
3rd November 2021 13th October 2021
8th December 2021 17th November 2021


Meeting dates Deadlines for applications
55th January 2022 15th December 2021
2nd February 2022 12th January 2022
2nd March 2022 9th February 2022
6th April 2022 15th March 2022
4th May 2022 13th April 2022
1st June 2022 11th May 2022
6th July 2022 15th June 2022
3rd August 2022 13th July2022
7th September 2022 16th August 2022
5th October 2022 14th September 2022
2nd November 2022 12th October 2022
7th December 2022 16th November 2022
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

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