It’s been a busy few weeks in the world of Research and Development. Firstly, a warm R&D welcome to Dr Stephen Barnett who has joined the Trust as the brand new Associate Director of Research, Development and Innovation. In his role, he will be responsible for all aspects of RD&I activity including performance management and development and will support us in delivering the Trust’s ambitious research strategy.
Stephen, who started his career at Great Ormond Street Hospital and worked most recently at Guy’s and St Thomas’ as their Research Platforms Manager joins the Royal Surrey at a time when our research activity continues to grow and our high-quality teams are delivering world-class results across the organisation.
Stephen said: “I am thrilled to be working at the Royal Surrey and look forward to championing Research & Development both within the Trust and out to the wider community.”
Elsewhere, our Allied Health Professionals gathered together at their inaugural conference at the beginning of October to showcase their work and introduce the concept of research to colleagues.
The AHP workforce is the third largest in the NHS and consists of physiotherapists, dieticians, occupational therapists and more. They provide crucial support to patients across the Trust and are heavily involved in important research that will make life easier for the people using our services.
The conference gave staff from across the Trust the opportunity to find out how they can become involved in important research whilst providing world-leading care.
Sara Quarrie, Divisional Head of Professional Staffing and Nursing, Diagnostic, Clinical Support Services said: “What a cracking day. I am delighted with the success of our first AHP conference.
“It was a true showcase of the innovative work being undertaken by our dedicated AHP staff. A massive thank you to everyone who took part and volunteered their time.”
The search continues for Research Ambassadors to operate within the Trust. If you know someone who is passionate about research and would be willing to donate their time to promoting the clinical trials undertaken throughout the Royal Surrey then please contact rsc.tr-ResearchandDevelopment@nhs.net or call 01483 688660.