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Research Strategy & Leadership Working Group

The Research Strategy & Leadership Working Group brings together senior leaders from across the research community for the following purposes:

  1. To support the NHS R&D Forum to provide a valued voice to national policy makers, stakeholders and the Forum leadership team in relation to consultations and policy initiatives of relevance to research strategy, leadership and culture.
  2. To provide leadership and advice to the NHS R&D Forum membership on issues of strategic importance

To share and develop good practice in organisational research strategy & leadership and culture.

Contact the Group

Contact the group FAO Rebecca Smith & Sarah Williams

Group Chair:


Group Members:

Lyndon Bridgewater
Associate Director of Research & Development
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Elizabeth Coates
Head of Research Governance, Research Translation & Innovation Division
Public Health England

Professor Susan Corr
Head of Research and Development
Leicester Partnership NHS Trust

Damon Foster
Research Delivery Operations Manager
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Rachael Fothergill
Head of Research
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Jane Greenaway
Associate Director Research
Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance

Jen Harrison
HRA Approval Change Manager
Health Research Authority

Shahista Hussein
Head of R&D Governance
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Maria Koufali
Managing Director R&I
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Emma Munro
Head of Nursing/ Professions
RCN clinical research nurses sub committee & University Hospitals Southampton

Farhan Naim
Director Research
Royal Free London NHS Trust

Dr Maria Palmer
NHS R&D Forum

Dipak Patel
Research & Innovation Manager
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Joanne Plumb
Deputy Director of Research Development and Innovation
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Tracy Shalom
Associate Director of Research
Norfolk and Suffolk Primary and Community Care Research Office

Professor Phillip Smith
Associate Director Research and Development
East & North Herts NHS Trust

Ashley Solieri
Associate Director, Research and Development
Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group

Lee Tomlinson
Research and Development Manager / Lead Nurse-Research
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT)

Dr Karen Underwood
Deputy Director of Research & Development
University Hospitals Southampton

Dr Nicola Williams
Director of Support & Delivery
Health and Care Research Wales

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  • Lead new work related to the themes, in their specific areas of interest.
  • Create resources where there are gaps
  • Influence partners & invited stakeholders. Discuss their work, ask for opinions and shape policy.
  • Share expertise and gather intelligence from and for the community
  • Horizon scan for what is of interest to the community. Horizon scanning and conducting community surveys
  • Develop consultation responses
  • Act as a point of reference & contact for the members with questions or peer review
  • Feed into general Forum training, conference and events programmes.
  • Champion the NHS R&D Forum and our community.
  • Speak for and represent the research management, support and leadership community.
  • Drive the Forum forward and provide leadership
  • Strategically, proposing Forum content, providing leadership and ensuring oversight of outputs
  • As a point of contact, providing peer support to colleagues
  • As a Task and finish, producing outputs and resources
  • As a space to work out loud, sharing experience and connecting with colleagues.
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