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Research and development

Research is essential for developing better treatments and improving healthcare for both adults and children in the NHS. Patients being cared for are already benefitting from past research and will continue to benefit from research that is currently being carried out.

Services provided

The research and development department 

  • helps staff to design, fund and run studies
  • helps staff to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals for studies
  • offers advice and research training
  • contributes to Trust funds.

Contact the team

Research and development department: 01284 712790

Email: R&

Dr Margaret Moody, research clinical director

Dr Shweta Bhagat, research lead consultant

Jo Godden, research lead nurse

James Curtis, research pharmacy technician

Paul Oats, research and development manager

Claire Adams, research and development accountant

Sandra Swann, research and development facilitator

Abbie Holden, administration assistant 


The research and development department is situated in the Education Centre at West Suffolk Hospital.

Patient information

NHS Health Research Authority - Patient information and health and care research

Reseach and development statistics

The government wishes to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical research. 

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is required to submit information in two areas: