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Research Management Working Group

The group brings extensive experience and expertise in both managing and delivering research activity within NHS and University organisations. Members represent NHS research management teams across the UK.

The group has input into many UK-wide policy initiatives and is a source of expertise for the wider community. The group plays a critical role in developing, sharing, and implementing best practice in NHS health care research project management, regulation, governance, sponsorship, research operations and support.

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Group Chair:

Sally Humphreys

Sally moved into clinical research following a successful career as a registered nurse in emergency medicine, anaesthetics and critical care. She has worked on intervention and non-intervention studies in a range of therapeutic areas and across a variety of sectors predominantly leading research in anaesthesia and critical care. Sally is passionate about the pivotal and professional role research plays in improving knowledge and future practice and currently holds a Florence Nightingale Foundation Research Scholarship at the University of Hertfordshire.

Group Members:

Tracy Assari
Research Governance Lead
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Allyson Bailey
Research and Development Officer
NHS Forth Valley

Louise Bell
Research Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Jessica Bisset
Research Operations Manager
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Mark Brandon-Grove
Head of Clinical Research Performance & Quality
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust & The Institute of Cancer Research

Rachel Fay
Research Governance Manager
Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Emily Horsfall
Research & Development Manager
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Sally Humphreys
Chair – ACET Lead Clinical Researcher/Research Sr
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Sian James
Research Facilitation Lead
Welsh Blood Service

Mays Jawad
Research Governance Operations Manager
Barts Health NHS Trust

Pushpen Joshi
Research Governance Manager
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Gaurika Kapoor
Deputy Divisional Research Manager
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Raiji Koothoor
Research Approval Co-Ordinator
Basildon University Hospital

Catherine Lewis-Clarke
Research and Innovation Manager
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Helen Lewis-White
Research Operations Manager
North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Carla Loney
Renal Clinical Trials Manager
Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Carolyn Maloney
Head of Research Operations
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Gail Melvin
Research Business Manager
Patient Recruitment Centre: Leicester

Mobeena Naz
Study Support Officer

Lucy Parker
Interim R&D Director
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Sean Scott
Regulatory Compliance Manager
The Newcastle Upton Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Jo Shoebridge
Research Development Officer
University of Portsmouth

Kayleigh Stanbury
Head of Operations
NPEU CTU, University of Oxford

Michelle Stephens
Head of Research and Innovation
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Doreen Trown
REC Member
East Midlands – Leicester South REC

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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.