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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

Our Trust’s research and development department is responsible for overseeing all the clinical research which takes place within our hospital, to facilitate excellence in clinical research by offering helpful and competent support on all matters of research governance, administration and management.

We manage all areas of research which involve our facilities and staff, ensuring clinical studies and trials can take place. Most importantly, we support our patients, and the management of their data and bodily tissues, throughout the research process and beyond.


Be part of our research

You can find out about the research projects taking place in the area here.

Please feel free to ask healthcare professionals at our Trust for more details about how you can get involved in supporting research, or email the team by emailing for more information.


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, senior research nurse - commercial

Helen Cockerill, lead research nurse

Lisa Wood, lead research nurse

James Curtis, research pharmacy technician

Paul Oats, research and development manager

Claire Barwick, research and development accountant

Abbie Gray, research and development Co-Ordinator

Harry Smart, Research and Development 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