International Clinical Trials Week – 21st to 25th May 2018

To celebrate International Clinical Trials Day we will be having 5 days not just one this year. We will also be celebrating 70 years of the NHS.

Our teams will be seen in main entrance area and PEOC entrance ares. Each day will be covered by a different research team focusing on their own areas.  Team photos will be taken during the week and will be published on HUB and our own website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.


Otter Study

Big thank you received from Chief Investigator of Otter Study

“I am writing to thank you for the terrific collaboration shown to our national research team by your therapy and research staff.  I am the Chief Investigator of a national Arthritis Research UK funded clinical trial into the effectiveness of hand therapy for people with hand arthritis.  The project area was identified by Arthritis Research UK to be of national importance for people living with arthritis and has been portfolio adopted by NHS England.

We are unable to even contemplate conducting national trials without the expertise, goodwill, personal and system support of large numbers of research and therapy colleagues and I would like to thank your team who has been outstanding in their enthusiasm to support this trial.  We are indebted to NHS staff to enable us to recruit patients into trials to answer important clinical questions that will inform clinical and cost effective service provision and your team has been among the best.  

Specifically I would like you to be aware of the contrition made by your therapy team and research staff including:

Therapy team: Suzannah Blake, Abigail Owen, Emily Rogers, Jacqueline Fowler and Claire Hughes, Research administrative team: Cresta Browning

It has been our pleasure and privilege to work alongside your staff and I wanted to let you know how much their support and contribution has mattered.

Jo Adams PhD., MSc.,DipCOT., PFHEA, University of Southampton”

Well done team, great effort from all involved.


Programme for Pregnancy-related issues in primary care study day – 21st March 2018.

Two representatives from the Division 3 team (reproductive health, childbirth and paediatrics) Jacqui Tipper and Jenny Cunningham attended the CRN SWP study day recently to highlight the impact that the collaboration between the research team and the clinical team in women’s health has been having on recruitment into clinical trials. The following feedback was received;

“I wanted to contact you to thank you for your contribution to our study day at the racecourse on the 21st March. As you will have been aware it was well attended by GP’s, midwives and primary care based healthcare professionals. The feedback from the day has been positive and I think the addition of your stand and the discussions this provided with the delegates was hugely beneficial.

I know when we spoke you felt it had been an excellent forum to promote both of your roles, the maternity service and the wider research agenda at the RDE. I also felt it was a great forum to develop communication links with some of the GP’s and GP practices which are sometimes harder to reach.

So well done to you both and a very big thank you for your contribution.

Tricia Bartlett, Learning and Development Midwife, RDEFT”

Well done Jacqui and Jennie.