Research and Innovation at The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



We are here to provide support and guidance at each stage of your research project from inception to publication. These pages are designed for those who intend to do, are currently undertaking or are interested in research at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Our research pages on the main RBCH website can be found here : Research and Innovation at RBCH

Please use the links on the left to guide you through the Research Web pages.

The Trust is partners with the NIHR Clinical Research Network: Wessex (CRN: Wessex).

What is Research?

"Research in the NHS means structured activity, which is intended to provide new knowledge, which is generalisable (i.e. whose findings are potentially of value to those in similar situations) and intended for wider dissemination ... Research and Development (R&D) covers a spectrum from basic scientific work, through to trials of new treatments and studies of the organisation and management of health services. It does not cover ... local service development that takes place all the time in the NHS to implement new ideas and good practice." NHS Executive, 1997

Research is vital in providing the new knowledge needed to improve health across the population. The NHS Constitution confirms the commitment of the NHS to “the promotion, conduct and use of research to improve the current and future health and care of the population”. All parts of the NHS have a role to play in undertaking and supporting research as well as using research evidence when deciding what services the NHS provides. Additionally NHS based research is a very important part of the UK economy.


Research plays a fundamental role in the development of a continuously improving health care system and we aim to encourage research activity wherever possible. Notwithstanding this, research is an adjunct to patient care and should never conflict with best clinical practice.

Research is activity designed to find out new knowledge. This is not to be confused with audit that is measuring existing practice against a known standard. In many cases, this distinction is unclear. The Health Research Authority (HRA) have released useful algorithms to enable you to determine whether your project falls under the category of research, audit or service evaluation: http://www.hra-decisiontools.org.uk/research/

Not all projects undertaken within the NHS are ‘research.’ The term ‘research’ has a specific meaning and if a proposal does not fall within this definition it will not require review by a REC or approval by an NHS Research & Development (R&D) office, but may require review by another department within the Trust such as clinical audit.

Our Role

Our vision is to deliver patient driven quality care through research and break down barriers to research to foster a thriving research culture at the Trust, ensuring respect for quality research, respect for research participants (patients) and respect for researchers.


Our key functions are:

  • To support the growth and delivery of faster, easier quality research within the Trust
  • To support set up and delivery of individual research projects within the Trust

The Health Research Authority have issued a comprehensive document summarising the role and function of R&D departments in England:
http://www.hra.nhs.uk/documents/2013/10/nhs-rd-summary-ver-1.pdf

We are based at the School of Health & Social Care at Bournemouth University’s Lansdowne campus but are present at the Trust most days. We provide support during every stage of a research project, from protocol writing, applying for ethical approval, guidance through the R&D approval process, and support with delivering your research project.

The Governance Team

Caroline Jamieson-Leadbitter – Head of Research
Laura Purandare – Research Monitor
Lizzie Woodward – Research Management Facilitator
Neal Beamish – Research Project Officer
Alex Tealdi – Research Management Facilitator-Quality
Oliver Hopper – Research & Development Administrator
Mat Davis – IT Specialist