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Dr Peter Brindle, Medical Director

MBChB (Bristol), BSc, MSc, MD, MRCGP


Peter started work with the APCRC as the research and development programme director in 2005.  He has been a GP in Bristol since 1999 while also holding a number of research leadership roles. He started his research career as a Wellcome Fellow and following the launch of the Primary Care Research Network South West, was the North Hub Director for four years and then the Director of the South West Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network for a further 3 years.   In February he became the Leader for Commissioning Evidence Informed Care for the West of England Academic Health Science Network and since December 2010 he has been the NHS Bristol CCG clinical lead for dementia.  He is a member of the NIHR Advisory Board, the NIHR Systematic Reviews Programme Advisory Group and the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Primary Care and Community and Preventive Interventions Panel. Peter also a member of the Bristol Health Partners Executive Group and Chairs the CLAHRCwest Research Advisory Panel.

Peter’s role is to provide strategic direction to the APCRC and oversight of its work while promoting the wider values of research, evaluation and the use of evidence within the local NHS and nationally

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Dr Joanne Hartland, Head of Research and Evidence


Jo started work with the APCRC as the Research and Development Programme Manager in July 2009.

She has worked solely in the NHS and HEI sectors throughout her career: She started out as a Cardiology Technician in Cardiff, before undertaking a PhD and then holding research positions at the University of Bath, University of Bristol, and the Health Promotion Authority for Wales. She has also worked as a Research Manager at South West DeNDRoN, at the University of Bath Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Primary Care Research Consortium for Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire, as well as holding programme manager posts at the Strategic Health Authority. Jo’s current role at APCRC covers both strategic development of the service and oversight of day-to-day delivery of that service.

It is Jo’s responsibility to deliver the APCRC Strategy, to ensure that the three principle work streams - Research Management, Evaluation and Evidence are driven forward, so that ‘Evidence Informed Commissioning’ is embedded into the work of the CCG. The Three APCRC work streams sit under the broad umbrella of ‘Knowledge Mobilisation’ and Jo’s focus is to support KM across the NHS – HEI interface, and help deliver NHS Practice that is based on the best research and academic research that based on NHS Practice.

Research Team

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Paul Roy, Research, Innovation and Contracts Manager

BSc (Hons) Psychology, and MSc Neuropsychology

Paul joined the APCRC in 2011 and was appointed as the Research Innovation and Contracts Manager in 2014 following an initial 12 months fixed term maternity cover as Research Manager, and subsequent 18 months as the APCRC Research Coordinator.

Paul’s role is to manage the research grant hosting activities of APCRC. Hosting activities support NIHR research from grant applications, managing the grant finances and contracts, through to the implementation of findings into practice. The Research Innovation and Contracts Manager role ensures grant application finances are calculated appropriately and accurately, manages all aspects of NIHR research contracts, and manages a portfolio of intellectual property owned by NHS Bristol CCG on behalf of the NHS.

Paul also offers support to the APCRC team in terms of research governance advice, supporting the generation and spend of the Research Capability Funding (RCF), and support with non-research contracts with partner organisations.

Prior to joining APCRC, Paul worked as a Research Officer in the Primary Care Research Network (now known as the Clinical Research Network) working closely with research active GPs, Nurses and Clinicians across many different fields of medicine, and saw first-hand how research fits into normal clinical practice.

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Rachel Avery, R&E Governance Officer (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday)

Bsc (Hons) Msc

Rachel first joined the APCRC team as the Governance Officer in February 2009.

Rachel’s role is to lead and manage the Research Governance function for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in accordance with national guidance/requirements and ensure Research Governance compliance.

The focus of this work is to support the research community in developing research applications, and help them through the approval processes, to ensure research is conducted in accordance with regulations and best practice.

Prior to this Rachel worked in the private sector and for a local authority in the Adult Social Services department.

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Katalin Bagi, R&E Governance and Finance Officer


Katalin joined the APCRC in August 2013. Katalin’s role is to support the R&D Governance Manager with administering research management and governance processes, dealing with enquiries around R&D approval, Research Passports, CSP RDMIS and IRAS. Katalin is also working closely with the R&D Programme Manager providing administrative support in general finance and RCF as well as in coordinating grant NIHR contracts between DoH and various universities.

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Lindsey Lacey, Research Governance Officer

BSc (Hons) Psychology MSc Neuropsychology

Lindsey took up the role of Research Governance Officer with the APCRC in June 2017.

As part of her role Lindsey works closely alongside the Research Governance Manager to implement and monitor R&D Governance processes on behalf of NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Lindsey offers advice, guidance and information to a range of academics and other researchers, with the aim of guiding them through Health Research Authority (HRA) approval and NHS assurance. The role also involves working collaboratively within the R&D team to provide support to financial and contractual R&D processes.

In addition to her role with the APCRC Lindsey also works on a part-time basis as a Policy Advisor for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Prior to this Lindsey worked as a Research Assistant for the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (TARG) at the University of Bristol.

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Eloisa Colman, Research Projects Manager

BSc (Hons), MPH

Eloisa joined APCRC in 2015 as Research Projects Manager in a joint role between APCRC and Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration (BRTC). Eloisa supports research teams in application for NIHR grants and managing the set-up of funded research to initiation. Specific areas of support include research finances, logistics of NHS based research and IRAS support. Eloisa manages a broad portfolio of predominantly primary care BRTC adopted clinical trails, large studies originating from the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol and RCF funded projects. Eloisa also has a role in expanding research links between the University of Bristol and the three CCGs of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, as well as promoting engagement between academic research and the NHS.

Previously to this role Eloisa worked as a Research Officer within the NIHR Clinical Research Network: West of England, working closely with GPs and other practice staff, and academics and commercial organisations to deliver primary care research.

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Jess Pooley,

BSc(Hons) Sociology, PGDip

I lead on a new initiative to provide a service to the CCG around identifying new opportunities for Service Improvement / Development Funding (rather than research funding) from a range of organisations. The aim is to ensure that the CCGs hear about these early enough to put a convincing bid together.

Evaluation Team

Heads of Evaluation

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Dr Danielle Sapsford (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)

BA (Dual Hons), MA, PhD

Dani first joined the APCRC team as the Evaluation Officer in November 2015 before taking on the role as joint Head of Evaluation in May 2017 with Jude.

Dani and Jude’s role at the APCRC is to lead the evaluation work within the Service Evaluation “pillar”. The focus of this work is to support commissioners, providers and academics to design, deliver and disseminate findings of service evaluations, as well as contribute to the other pillars to embed a culture of evidence based commissioning.

After completing her PhD, Dani has worked for the Welsh Government as the Senior Research Officer on Equalities and for the charity Save the Children leading Research, Monitoring and Evaluation for the UK Programmes.

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Dr Jude Hancock (Thursday and Friday)

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Jude joined the APCRC team as the joint Head of Evaluation with Dani in May 2017.

Dani and Jude’s role at the APCRC is to lead the evaluation work within the Service Evaluation “pillar”. The focus of this work is to support commissioners, providers and academics to design, deliver and disseminate findings of service evaluations, as well as contribute to the other pillars to embed a culture of evidence based commissioning.

Jude has worked in the NHS since 2000 in various clinical and non-clinical roles in both primary and secondary care.

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Kate Strong, Evaluation Officer

BSc (Hons)

Kate joined the APCRC in July 2017. Her role is to support work within the Evaluation pillar. The focus of this work is supporting commissioners, service providers and academics to design, deliver and disseminate findings of service evaluations, as well as contribute to the other pillars to embed a culture of evidence-based commissioning.

Kate is keen to capture the experiences of the public through evaluation, so that services can learn from these and meet the needs of their patients.

Kate was previously the Research and Evaluation Coordinator at the Care Forum, a Bristol-based voluntary sector organisation working in health and social care, and as a Research Coordinator at the University of Manchester.

Evidence and Evaluation Support

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Morwenna Bugg

Bsc (Hons) Nutrition

Morwenna joined the evaluation team in September 2017 as Evidence and Evaluation Assistant after becoming interested in evidence based healthcare during her Nutrition degree at the University of Nottingham.

Her role involves focussing on the provision of evidence and evaluation support to commissioners across BNSSG and helping to consolidate the embedding of evaluation and evidence into commissioning decision making. This is through supporting the use of evidence in decision making by accessing and appraising evidence and assessing the usefulness of evidence. As well as supporting the evaluation of a range of health and social care programmes, projects, services and interventions.

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Harley Anderson

BSc (Hons)

Harley joined the APCRC in September 2017 as an Evidence and Evaluation Assistant, and is based at Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group. Harley graduated with a degree in Biology from the University of Bath, during which she spent a year undertaking research on cardiovascular disease. Having spent time doing research, Harley is keen to see academic work have more of a real life impact, and for research to become more relevant to our healthcare needs. Her role is to provide research-based evidence that will underpin commissioning decisions in the BNSSG CCGs, and support the use of evaluation to further build the evidence base.


Prof Nicola Walsh, Professor of Knowledge Mobilisation & Musculoskeletal Health


Nicki started working with APCRC in July 2016, in a joint appointment between APCRC and UWE Bristol. She is a Chartered Physiotherapist and worked in a variety of musculoskeletal (MSK) clinical roles in London before moving into academia. She worked as a lecturer and Research Associate at King’s College London, where she obtained her PhD investigating models of care for osteoarthritis. Nicki moved to UWE Bristol where she was awarded a 5 year Career Development Fellowship from Arthritis Research UK and was appointed to Associate Professor in MSK Rehabilitation.

Nicki holds a variety of national and international research roles including funding panels, editorial boards and research mentorship schemes. She supervises a number of PhD students investigating MSK conditions, and has published widely. Nicki is particularly interested in the development and implementation of clinical and cost-effective interventions in primary care.

Nicki’s role is to bring together academic, clinical and commissioning colleagues to develop and promote the Knowledge Mobilisation culture across the region.

Trudy Goodenough, Researcher in Residence Fellow

Trudy is a qualified nurse and midwife, with a PhD in Developmental Psychology. Her previous work has been varied, but the common theme throughout reflects her aspiration to work with recipients of/participants in health care, social care and support, education and research, to enable their voices to be heard such that their needs can be better understood and met by their community, professionals and policy makers.

Trudy began her role as APCRC Researcher in Residence (job sharing with Anne Johnson) in March 2017. Alongside this, Trudy continues to work at UWE, where she is employed as a part-time research fellow within the faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. Her research roles are varied and currently include the evaluation of the Baby Buddy App and, with Professor Nicki Walsh, looking at management of fragility fractures and osteoporosis in Primary Care. Trudy is a qualitative researcher and enjoys working with research participants within interviews, focus groups and workshops.

Prior to joining UWE, Trudy worked at the University of Bristol, initially with the Avon Longitudinal study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and for 7 years at the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, where she worked on two Wellcome Trust funded research projects, and supported the development of training programmes in research and clinical ethics.

Trudy’s fully expects that the Researcher in Residence role will draw on all of her research experiences and skills, and looks forward to new challenges and opportunities it will bring for continued contribution to the work of BNSSG and APCRC over the next 9 months.

Dr Anne Johnson, Researcher in Residence Fellow

PhD, MA (Applied Social Research), Dip COT, RNMH, FETC, AHEA, HCPC Registered

Anne started work with the APCRC as a Researcher in Residence Fellow in 2017. She has been a Senior Lecturer in the Allied Health Professions Department at the University of the West of England in Bristol since 2007, while also holding a clinical lead/consultant occupational therapist post in the Bath Centre for Fatigue Services at the RNHRD, now part of the Royal United Hospital NHS FT. Anne is also a Macmillan Professional a member of expert advisory groups for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Department of Health. She also sits on the Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR) national strategy committee and has represented the Royal College of Occupational Therapists at a national level linked to research and development and professional practice and in particular, the work and vocational rehabilitation agenda alongside the Department of Work and Pensions.

Her combined experience of NHS leadership, service innovation and academic roles enables knowledge exchange between relevant partners by identifying and enabling synergies and opportunities for collaborative research activities. Her role at the APCRC utilises these experiences as she supports local CCGs in gathering evidence for service redesign across the BNSSG STP footprint.

Lauren Hoskin, Communications and Marketing Officer

MSc (Hons)

Lauren joined the Research and Evidence Team in January 2018 as Communications and Marketing Officer. Her role is to support the team with all things communications, from developing a new website to writing news stories, tweeting and designing posters.

She also works as a Communications and Marketing Officer for the West of England Academic Health Science Network and the Bristol Biomedical Research Centre. Lauren has an MSc in Science Communication and previously worked as a PR Officer at the National Trust.

Alison Diaper, Senior Research Fellow

BSC (Hons), PhD, CPsychol, CSci

Alison joined APCRC in December 2017 and is jointly appointed with the University of the West of England (UWE) as a Senior Research Fellow.

Alison offers support to clinicians, health professionals and academics seeking to apply for NIHR and other research grants within primary care. This includes planning, finance and logistics, translating RCF work into full grant applications, and strengthening links between UWE and local CCGs.

Alison has a background in the design and execution of clinical trials, both for the psychopharmacology of sleep problems, anxiety, treatment resistant depression, and opioid misuse, and also for the neuromodulation of pain, Parkinson’s, and other neurological problems. She has a particular interest in Research Ethics and Integrity.

Rebecca Kandiyali,