Phil is the lead director for Dorset’s integrated care system (ICS), he is a member of the system leadership team (SLT), partnership board and clinical reference group (CRG), and is Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) on planning, strategy, research, innovation and digital for the system. In the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Phil’s responsibility include clinical design, commissioning, system integration and partnerships. His career spans the pharmaceutical, molecular biology, biotechnology and digital industries before joining the NHS in 2014. He is an applied biologist by background, a chartered scientist and chartered biologist. His current research interests are biological modelling in systems thinking (biomimetics).
Dr James BennettGeneral Practitioner, Primary Care Research Locality Lead
James has been a GP in Wareham since 1996. From 2011 he has worked with Clinical Research Network Wessex (CRN) and is now the Primary Care Research Locality Lead for Dorset. Over the same period he and his team at Wareham have developed an interest in research working on both the delivery and development of a number of research projects, particularly making use of clinical software. He was awarded Outstanding Principal Investigator by Wessex CRN in March 2017. More recently he has been working with colleagues on developing increased research co-operation and IT sharing between research practices in the Purbeck and Poole Bay Localities.
Dr Patrick MooreGeneral Practitioner
Patrick works as a GP partner in one of the largest GP practices on the South coast. He joined The Adam Practice in 2012 since when it has become one of the leading research active practices in Dorset delivering a wide variety of primary care research. Prior to his medical degree Patrick worked in lab based asthma and allergy research. He also sits on the Local Medical Committee (LMC) as an elected representative of Poole GPs and works as a clinical supervisor for doctors in training.
Dr Mark TigheConsultant, Co-chair Paediatric Vanguard, Deputy Paediatric Oncology Service, Poole Hospital
Dr Tighe graduated from Southampton University in 2000 with distinction in clinical medicine. A Wessex trainee, having completed Senior House Office (SHO) and specialist registrar training, he joined Poole Hospital as a locum consultant in 2009, and obtained a substantive post in 2010. He was also the co-chair of the paediatric vanguard in Dorset, deputy for the paediatric oncology service in Poole, participates in end-of-life care, and has a diploma in palliative medicine from Cardiff University. He’s an associate editor of Archives of Disease in Childhood. As Clinical Director, Dr Tighe co-ordinates the Poole paediatric research programme; and has developed a new paediatric curriculum for medical students. He has completed a Cochrane review and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines/Quality Standards on management of gastro-oesophageal reflux, and multiple obstetric guideline updates in children and is completing his attachment as a NICE fellow in Apr 2019.
Ciarán NewellConsultant Nurse
Ciarán is a mental health nurse by training and has worked in the field of eating disorders for over 20 years. He is currently a consultant nurse and clinical lead for eating disorders services in Dorset and also facilitates research and development across the Trust. He was awarded a PhD for his research into recovery from Anorexia Nervosa. Ciarán’s personal research interests are in recovery in eating disorders, the contribution of recovered individuals and carers in supporting recovery and motivation to change. Ciarán is a visiting fellow at Bournemouth University and lectures to nursing, psychology undergraduates and post graduates and supervises PhD students.
With colleagues he has increased the research activity in Dorset Healthcare Trust (DHC) over the last three years. This has been achieved through expanding the areas in which research is carried out in the Trust, examples are: Sexual Health; Genetics in Dementia; Memory loss; Eating Disorders; Physiotherapy; Cultural adaptations in mental health care; Psychosis Pathway; Autism; Stroke; Cancer; Primary care; Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and Learning Disabilities. The Trust has also recommenced commercial studies and two studies in the area of early onset memory loss and treatment resistant depression are underway. Mental health and dementia/Memory loss are strengths of the Trust in research. Another significant method used to increases research activity is to foster collaborations with other research active organisations in Dorset and beyond such that the Trust now has collaborations with NHS and University colleagues across England. Collaboration with these colleagues to allow pathway research to take place is a key ambition for the Trust. These steps have led to an increase in participation in research within the Trust from 300 to over 1200 people.
Dr Tamas HickishConsultant Medical Oncologist & Visiting Professor to Bournemouth University
Dr Tamas Hickish is a consultant medical oncologist working at Bournemouth, poole and Dorchester hospitals. He is a visiting professor at Bournemouth University (see staffprofiles.bournemouth.ac.uk/display/thickish) where he is co-director of the Bournemouth University clinical research unit (BUCRU) and centre of post graduate medical research and education (COPMRE). He has an interest in digital health care. He is also a co-director of IQ Health Tech.
Abigail DaughtersDirector of Operations at The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Abigail Daughters is a Director of Operations at The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCHFT) and has an 18 year career at senior management level in the NHS. Abigail has undertaken a wide range of corporate and operational roles which have included communications, business and strategic planning and the management of a wide range of clinical services such as Cancer Care, Emergency Care, Cardiology, Surgery and Medicine. As well as working at RBCHFT Abigail has also been the Associate Director of Operations for Medicine at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Acting Divisional Director for Surgery at Poole Hospital. In her current role as Director of Operations of the Specialties Care Group Abigail is responsible for the delivery of the financial, quality, performance and strategic objectives of the Care Group. This consists of 6 clinical Directorates (Cancer Care, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Radiology, Research and Innovation and Specialist Services) and has an annual budget of £72m and has approximately 900 staff. The Director of Operations role is also responsible for leading the Care Group through the current transformation of services in line with the Dorset Clinical Services Review (CSR). Abigail is an accredited Aston OD team coach and is currently training to become and ILM Level 5 Executive Coach.
Sarah ChessellHead of Research, Innovation, NICE and Clinical Audit, Poole Hospital
Sarah has 20 years experience working in local and regional quality and service improvement roles within the NHS. Since 2005, Sarah has been the Clinical Audit Manager at Poole and in 2011 widened her portfolio becoming Head of Research, Innovation, NICE and Clinical Audit.
Sarah is the Principal Investigator for the research study “An evaluation of a real-time survey for improving patients’ experiences of the relational aspects of care (After Francis)” and was coordinator at Poole for the research study “Preventable Incidents, Survival and Mortality Study 2 (PRISM2)”.
Sarah has a BA in Post Compulsory Education, Southampton University (2006), completed the Ashridge NIHR Leadership Programme (June 2016 to October 2017), completed the NHS Improvement’s ACT Academy Quality, Service Improvement and Redesign (QSIR) Practitioner programme and is currently undertaking the QSIR College Training programme.
Sarah was appointed in November 2017 as Chairman of the South West Audit Network (SWANs), is a member of the National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network (NQICAN), is a member of the Poole Clinical Ethics Group, Dorset Research Strategy Group, Wessex Research Leadership Group and is a visiting Associate with the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University.
Caroline Jamieson-LeadbitterHead of Research, Royal Bournemouth
Caroline Jamieson-Leadbitter joined the NHS at The Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals (RBCH) in 2005. She has a background in marketing within the financial services sector and has previously worked for the Civil Service in Whitehall, London. Caroline has spent nearly 13 years working in NHS research, governance and management becoming Head of Research in 2015.
Caroline has a degree in IT, Business Management and Languages from the University of York and an MBA from Bournemouth University with her research project titled The Organisation and Management of Clinical Research in the NHS. She is a Professional member of The Institute of Clinical Research and a member of the Health Research Leaderships Organisations, a group comprised of cohorts from the NIHR Ashridge R&D Leadership programme.
Caroline was instrumental in negotiating a Partner Site agreement with Quintiles (now IQVIA, the world’s largest Contract Research Organisation) allowing RBCH early access to commercial clinical research.
She is passionate about growing commercial contract research at RBCH to allow our patients access to novel drugs and treatments and to support and develop ‘own account’ research often in partnership with local universities. Caroline is a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University.
Dr Zoe SheppardHead of Research, Dorset County Hospital
Zoe joined Dorset County Hospital as Head of Research in May 2017 from Bournemouth University where she collaborated with the NHS. She has a background in demographics and health inequalities as well as research design and is passionate about public involvement and making a difference. For these reasons, Zoe hopes to raise awareness of research and co-produce a strategy with patients and staff in order to grow a more collaborative research culture between both clinicians and patients as well as between the NHS and academia. Zoe is therefore well placed to contribute to the Research Active System for Dorset to support the implementation of the Accountable Care System.
Dr. Chris SkellyHead of Programmes (Research and Intelligence), Public Health Dorset
Dr Chris Skelly leads a team of eight analysts working primarily in three areas: (1) developing system insights through the application of a systems thinking approach to problem definition and utilisation focused programme evaluation methods, (2) decision-support activities delivered through the management, analysis and modelling of population health and wider determinants data, and (3) the development of compelling narrative using data analytics tools, horizon scanning and evidence-based storytelling. He has more than 25 years of analysis, modelling and research experience across academic, government and private sectors.
Chris started his studies in the field of natural resources conservation and progressed through postgraduate degrees in earth observation science and climate modelling, where the research challenges revolved around numerical and spatial modelling of phenomena that one could not easily measure directly. This challenge underlies many ‘intelligence’ problems, including those I have work on in health services planning, population health monitoring, animal and plant biosecurity, oil and gas exploration, and environmental impacts assessment.
Professor Peter ThomasHead of Research in the Department of Nursing and Clinical Sciences, Professor of Health Care Statistics and Epidemiology, Co-Director of the Bournemouth University Clinical Research Unit (BUCRU), Consultant for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service (RDS)
Professor Peter Thomas regards high quality research as crucial in providing the evidence base for improvements in health care and outcomes, and ensuring health budgets are spent effectively. Statisticians have a key role in ensuring that research is designed and conducted to a high standard.
Currently Peter’s main methodological interest is in the design and conduct of randomised controlled trials, his main research interest is in long term conditions and the development and evaluation of complex interventions. Peter feels one of one of the many joys of his job is working with so many colleagues and collaborators from different disciplines and professions on so many interesting ideas.
Peter joined the University in 1996 as Reader with the Dorset Research and Development Support Unit, and was awarded a Personal Chair in 2001. Prior to that he worked at the Medical Research Council Sickle Cell Unit, which was based in Kingston, Jamaica, and the Institute of Child Health at the University of Bristol where his fascination for research really began.
Suzy WignallClinical Governance Advisor, Bournemouth University
Suzy is the Clinical Governance Adviser based within the Research & Knowledge Exchange Office at Bournemouth University, with the responsibility of managing university ethics applications (Health and Science & Technology) and providing advice for Researchers applying for HRA/NHS REC/MHRA approvals via the IRAS application process. Suzy also supports colleagues at Bournemouth and Poole hospitals in facilitating Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training to staff and colleagues at the university, and with the ongoing management of their studies.
Suzy was previously the Research Governance Manager at Dorset County Hospital, with the responsibility of overseeing the governance of new and existing studies at the Trust, as well as ensuring all projects had the correct agreements and permissions in place.
Prior to the governance post, Suzy was a Clinical Trials Assistant at the same Trust for the Urology, Renal and Dermatology portfolios. This role involved some patient contact as well as data management and project management of NIHR portfolio and commercial research projects.
Rebecca McKayChief Operating Officer, CRN Wessex
Rebecca trained as a nurse at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and went on to work in the coronary care unit. Before embarking on a BA in Social Sciences and later a MSc in Social Research Methodology at London University.
Rebecca started working at Charing Cross Hospital in London as regional nurse co-ordinator on the UK Small Aneurysm Study for 2 years in 1991 before embarking on a 6-year career as a HIV senior research nurse at King’s College Hospital, London. Rebecca joined the Barts and The Royal London Hospital in 1999 to set-up and manage the Clinical Research Facility.
In 2002 Rebecca moved to Miami in Florida for 5 years. During that time, she worked for a private research company, Elite Research, as their Business Development Manager.
On returning to the UK Rebecca starting working for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Clinical Research Network and was appointed the Senior Manager in April 2012. In January 2014 Rebecca was appointed the Chief Operating Officer for CRN Wessex.
Dr David KrylDirector of Insight the Wessex Academic Health Science Network
Dr David Kryl is the Director of Insight the Wessex Academic Health Science Network, through which he is also Director of the Centre for Implementation Science at the University of Southampton. He is responsible for overall strategy across the two sites, which applies academic knowledge of implementation science to all AHSN programmes, including service evaluations in the NHS.
David’s career has revolved around strategy, performance and project management in complex environments. He trained as a medical researcher and later supplemented this with an economics degree. David has worked with the National Institute for Health Research, RAND Europe, Cancer Research UK, the UN system; as well as starting up a technology development company.
Through these roles, David has gained expertise in implemented research monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment frameworks.
Professor Vanora HundleyActing Dean and the lead for research in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (FHSS) at Bournemouth University
Vanora is Acting Dean and the lead for research in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (FHSS) at Bournemouth University. She is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership in relation to research, education and professional practice. Vanora believes that researchers must work closely with colleagues in both practice and education to ensure that research is relevant and that it is utilised. Her clinical background is midwifery and she is Professor of Midwifery and a Specialty Lead for Reproductive Health with the Wessex Clinical Research Network. Vanora has led a range of studies in the reproductive health field both in the UK and internationally. She works with a number of international research groups and is an adviser to the World Health Organization.
Professor Peter J.S. SmithDirector of the Institute for Life Sciences at the University of Southampton
Peter is the Director of the Institute for Life Sciences at the University of Southampton representing the University’s extensive life sciences community with strong representation in medicine, quantitative biology, omics and bioengineering. A major driver for the Institute is to create interdisciplinary opportunities at the boundaries of biomedical sciences with the physical sciences, engineering and mathematics. Peter is a neurobiologist and spent many years in the States directing an NIH Biotechnology Center. He currently sits on several boards including the Wessex Medical Trust and the Shadow Board of the Rosalind Franklin Institute, as well as the Strategic Steering Committee of Innovation South.
Mr Terry LevyClinical Director for research and innovation for Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Terry Levy graduated from Bristol University in 1990.
He undertook his cardiology training at Harefield Hospital from 1994-2001 when he first started to engage in research. During this time, he published over 20 original articles in peer review journals on cardiac research and presented over 50 abstracts at international meetings.
Terry was appointed consultant cardiologist at Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) in 2001, and continued to be involved with clinical research via international studies. In 2001 he oversaw 1 research nurse and 1 study, this has grown to 7 nurses within the cardiac department and over 30 active studies and contributions from many consultants across the hospital.
In December 2016, he was appointed Clinical Director for research and innovation for Royal Bournemouth Hospital as well as continuing as consultant interventional cardiologist.
Crystal DennisInnovation Catalyst – Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
As the Innovation Catalyst within the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Crystal Dennis feels honoured to have a key role in driving the enabling programme of Digitally Transformed Dorset. She is passionate about changing the thinking around the use of technology across both health and social care through the delivery of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan.
Crystal is focused and tenacious, she thrives on driving change and empowering those around her. She feels she has an unorthodox approach to business and that her approach can be slightly disruptive when appropriate, often challenging the norm.
Crystal values honesty, loyalty, commitment, teamwork and encourages the team to only “exceed the standards they set for themselves in their own reflection”.
Richard TrowbridgeChief Operating Office for NIHR CLAHRC Wessex
Richard is Chief Operating Office for NIHR CLAHRC Wessex. He is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in Finance and Resources, and Research Grant administration.
Richard is responsible for the strategic development, operational delivery, financial management, partnerships and governance of the programme. He leads the core team whilst maintaining effective partnership working across all key stakeholders. He has significant experience in long term strategic planning and financial monitoring, and implementing reporting software, to improve the accuracy and timeliness of KPI information.
Richard has worked at the University of Southampton for over fifteen years in a variety roles including Head of Finance, predominantly in NHS facing roles, overseeing both education and research funding streams, with the Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and other departments at the University. Prior to the university, Richard worked at HSBC in a major strategic planning role in Life and General Insurance.
Maria SmithResearch Active Dorset Programme Manager
Maria is a Programme Manager for the CCG Transformation Team working on a number of projects across Dorset ICS with partners including Bournemouth University. Relatively new to the NHS, Maria’s career began in social care where she had a key role in local government re-organisation in 1994, later becoming the Head of Commissioning and Contracting for Bournemouth Social Services.
Prior to joining the NHS in 2017, she headed up the non-teaching function for an all-through Education Academy, leading on organisational restructure and as the client project lead for a major capital programme.
She is a fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management, having graduated in 2013 with a degree in School Business Management.