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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.  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, Research & Development Programme Manager

BSc, PhD, MBA

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

Jo started her career as a Cardiology Technician before undertaking a PhD and then holding research positions at the University of Bath, University of Bristol, and the Health Promotion Authority for Wales. In recent years she has worked as a Research Manager at South West DeNDRoN, at the University of Bath Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and at the Primary Care Research Consortium for Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire. She has also held a range of programme manager posts at the Strategic Health Authority. Jo’s role at APCRC covers both strategic development of the service and oversight of day-to-day delivery of the full R&D service.

Her key role is to ensure that the five ‘pillars’ of the work of the APCRC are delivered effectively and efficiently– those pillars are Research support and research management; Service Evaluation, Research Governance, developing our Evidence Hub and bid support. She is currently working with key staff at the CCGs to ensure that research and the use of evidence are part of the core business of each organisation, and that each works to sign up to the Association of Medical Research Charities ‘Research Charter’.


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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Jess Pooley, Research Governance Manager

BSc(Hons) Sociology, PGDip

My role is to lead and manage the Research Governance function for R&D studies for the APCRC across our three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) - Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

I provide advice and guidance to the local research community in developing research applications, including identification of various research related costs and help them through the assurance (formerly known as approval) processes, dealing with any potential problems as they arise and maintaining high standards of governance. R&D studies can be both portfolio and non-portfolio, commercial and non-commercial.

I also advise researchers with submitting forms using the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), with research ethics applications, issuing NHS R&D assurance, processing research passport applications and issuing letters of access to researchers.

I also lead on a new initiative to provide a service to the 3 CCGs 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.


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Katalin Bagi, R&D Governance and Finance Officer

MSc

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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Jess Pooley, Research Governance Manager/ Research Projects Manager

Psychology BSc (Hons), and an MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health

Jess joined APCRC in 2016 and performs two roles: Research Governance Manager (maternity cover) and Research Projects Manager (job shared with Eloisa). The Research Governance Manager is responsible for the management of the research governance and quality assurance processes on behalf of the Bristol CCG, North Somerset CCG and South Gloucestershire CCG area (BNSSG).

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


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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 Portfolio 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.


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 Assistants

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Morwenna Bugg, Evidence and Evaluation Assistant

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, Evidence and Evaluation Assistant

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.


Associates

Prof Nicola Walsh, Professor of Knowledge Mobilisation & Musculoskeletal Health

PhD, MSc, MCSP

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.


Jackie Hammond, Evaluation Assistant

BA (Hons), MSc

Jackie joined the APCRC in April 2016 as an Evaluation Assistant and is employed by Bristol City Council, based in the Public Health Team. In her early career Jackie worked in social care and housing before completing an MSc in Public Health at Bristol University in 2010. Since then Jackie has worked in various support roles and most recently has worked in workplace health promotion as a Wellbeing Coordinator. Jackie is interested in applying her public health research training into practice and will be providing support with evaluations in health and social care.


Joan Sharp, Evidence Assistant

BPharm (Hons), BSc (Hons) Open

Joan joined APCRC in April 2016 for a fixed term of 12 months. Employed by South Gloucestershire Council, her time is shared with the Clinical Commissioning Group. Joan’s role is to encourage and support evidence-informed public health and healthcare commissioning. Upon request, she will search for, appraise and report on relevant information.

After graduating from the University of Bath, Joan developed a career as a community pharmacist. In 2000, she helped establish a NHS Support to Stop Smoking Service in Wiltshire. She was soon promoted to Service Manager and subsequently appointed to a similar role in Hertfordshire. In 2011 looking for new direction and wanting to broaden her horizons, she studied part-time for a second degree with the Open University, specialising in management and public health.



Dr Jen Pearson, Health Service Improvement Research Fellow

Biography coming soon. In the meantime, please view her UWE profile by clicking here.


Dr Hadar Elraz, Research Fellow, Health Service Improvement

PhD

Recently joined for a fixed term of 12 months appointment in conjunction with the University of the West of England, Hadar job shares with Jen Person and their role aims to encourage and support commissioners in making applications to Service Improvement and Quality Improvement initiatives and is part of the wider APCRC 2017-2020 R&D strategy.

Since completing her PhD at Cardiff University, Hadar held various teaching roles and have also worked as a Research Associate for the Centres for Local and Regional Government Research in Wales. Her subject knowledge span mental health and employment, disability and diversity, public services, self management of health conditions, wellbeing and researching sensitive issues.