Dr Peter Brindle, Research & Development Programme Director
MBChB (Bristol), BSc, MSc, MD, MRCGP
Peter started work with the APCRC as the research and development programme director in 2005. His primary role is to promote the values of research and evaluation within the local NHS and nationally. Peter 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, he was the North Hub director for four years. Peter is the director of the South West Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network, sits on the executive group for Western CLRN and is the NHS Bristol clinical lead for dementia.
Dr Joanne Hartland, Research & Development Programme Manager
BSc, PhD, MBA
Jo started work with the APCRC as the R&D programme manager in July 2009. Her primary role is to lead on all research management activities across APCRC, ensure the delivery of all aspects of the R&D strategy, and to lead and manage the research and development team. Jo’s career started as a cardiology technician at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. She then studied for her BSc and PhD and subsequently worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Bath, and held research posts at the University of Bristol and at Health Promotion Wales. She has published in academic journals and the popular press on topics including the sociology of medical skill, the methods adopted by bogus doctors and the nature of a 'skilled' performance in the medical world. In recent years she has moved into research management in Higher Education and in the NHS, completed an MBA and has undertaken roles including Faculty Research and Business Development manager at the University of Bath, Programme Manager at the Strategic Health Authority, and Research Network Manager for South West DeNDRoN.
Joanne Simon, Research Manager
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry
Joanne joined the APCRC in 2010 and is the jointly-funded research manager with the Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration (BRTC) at the University of Bristol. Her role is to support researchers and help with their grant applications including large programme grants. Joanne works closely with our research collaborators providing advice on aspects of research management and governance, as well as calculating research and NHS support costs at the grant application stage, through to the completion of the study; Jo also offers support to the APCRC team. Joanne has a background in research governance, having been an NHS research manager for several years in addition to managing clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry, the NHS and the academic settings.
Paul Roy, Research Coordinator
BSc (Hons) Psychology, and MSc Neuropsychology
Paul joined the APCRC in 2011 and was appointed as the Research Coordinator in 2013 following an initial fixed term maternity cover post. The Research Coordinator role is based within both APCRC and the Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration (BRTC) at the University of Bristol. Paul’s role is to support researchers throughout their grant application writing, and to act as an interim ‘Trial Manager’ for BRTC Trials between the funding decision and the permanent Trial Manager being employed. A Trial is unable to employ staff until Ethical Approval is obtained, and the Trial Coordinator will fill the staff gap by working up the Protocol and Ethics Application.
Paul works closely with our research collaborators providing advice on aspects of research management and governance, as well as calculating research and NHS support costs at the grant application stage, through to the completion of the study. Paul also offers support to the APCRC team. Paul has a background in the Primary Care Research Network (South West). Paul worked 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.
Ros Woodcraft, R&D Governance & Finance Officer
BScEcon (Hons) International Relations
Ros joined the APCRC as research governance officer in January 2011 and her role involves supporting the R&D governance manager in implementing the R&D governance process across NHS Bristol, NHS North Somerset and NHS South Gloucestershire. Alongside ensuring that researchers understand and comply with the requirements, she is responsible for monitoring research activity to ensure research practice meets the quality and standards set out in the Research Governance Framework. Ros previously worked as a quality systems manager in the compliance department for a product certification company.
Janet Brandling, Evaluation Officer (temporary secondment)
BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
Janet joined APCRC in April 2013 as an evaluation officer as a secondment from Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP). She currently collaborates with people undertaking service evaluation, providing advice, support and guidance. Always working in the health sector, first as a nurse then an assistant psychologist she has been a researcher and evaluator for the past ten years. Her work in the Mental Health Research and Development Unit (Bath University & AWP) provided a range of research and evaluation project management experience with NHS and the third sector. Most recently she has been working as research and evaluation specialist in AWP Innovations supporting service improvement as well as evaluation.
Miles Jordan, R&D and Website Administrator
NVQ Level 3 Business Administration, NVQ Level 2 in IT
Miles joined the APCRC in 2008 as the administrator. He has a number of roles including providing administrative support to the R&D team as a whole as well as developing and maintaining the APCRC website (launched in September 2011). Prior to this Miles worked for Bristol North CCG (now NHS Bristol) as an administrator. During his NVQ training he also gained experience in a number of organisations including Bristol Churches Housing Association and Kilminster Financial Management.