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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 Dr. David Hodgson (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 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

David Hodgson - Director of Research


 Alison Steel - Head of Research & Innovation

Lynne Allsop - Specialist Research Nurse Team Leader

Terri-Ann Sewell - Research Operations Manager / Nurse

Susan Smith - Oncology / Haematology Research Nurse

Inez Wynter - Stroke Research Nurse

Caroline Moulds - Paediatric Research Nurse

Mandy Gill - Research Nurse / Midwife

Cheryl Heeley - Research Nurse

Katie Slack - Research Nurse

Wayne Lovegrove - Research AHP

Sarah Shelton - Research Nurse

Becky Boulton - Research Nurse

Tracy Brear - Research Nurse

Hazel Mason - Research Nurse

Philip Buckley - Research AHP

Bec Holmes - Research Midwife

Andrea Palfreman - Research Healthcare Assistant

Sara Pearson - Research Healthcare Assistant

Donna Sowter - Information Manager / Research Support Facilitator

Gill Garnett - Research Administrative Assistant

Melanie Greatorex - Research Data Clerk

Adele Hicken - Research Administrative Assistant