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Who are we?

The Sherwood Forest Hospitals (SFH) NHS Foundation Trust, Research & Innovation Department (R&I) was launched in 2010. Since then, the department has gone from strength to strength. In 2017/2018 the Research Team recruited 1654 participants onto research trials.

The NHS Constitution (2015) states that 'the NHS belongs to the people, it is there to improve our health and well-being, supporting us to keep mentally and physically well, to get better when we are ill and, when we cannot fully recover, to stay as well as we can to the end of our lives'. Research is at the forefront to help improve patient care and treatments; it is about gathering the evidence to find out 'what works'. Here at Sherwood Forest Hospitals we outline in our 2 Year Forward View that we seek to promote innovation and adapt evidence-based best practice in all aspects of care. SFH plans to build on our Research and Innovation Agenda through broadening our research portfolio, focusing on studies in areas not previously research active, as well as aligning with the trust priorities (e.g. dementia and aging).

The Research and Innovation Department is led by Miss Liz Gemmill (Director of Research) and Alison Steel (Head of Research & Innovation) who are supported by a team of experienced research staff. The R&I department has a core team of dedicated research nurses, Midwives, AHP's and practitioners supporting the research activity across many areas and specialties. Over the last few years the department has grown considerably and currently supports a wide variety of research studies across the Trust.

The work of the Research and Innovation Department will deliver against the Trust's vision, strategic priorities, and values, as well as the NHS Constitution Pledges on Research


Meet the Team

Director of Research

Liz Gemmill

Head of Research & Innovation


 Alison Steel 

Specialist Research Nurse Team Leader

Lynne Allsop 

Research Operations Manager / Nurse

Terri-Ann Sewell 

Research Nurses / Midwives / AHP's


Susan Smith                 Inez Wynter                Caroline Moulds           Mandy Gill                   Cheryl Heeley 


Katie Slack                  Wayne Lovegrove        Sarah Shelton              Tracy Brear


     Hazel Mason            Philip Buckley           Bec Holmes 

Information Manager / Research Support Facilitator

Donna Sowter 

Research Administration 


Gill Garnett                      Melanie Greatorex        Adele Hicken