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Director: Professor Frances Game

Professor Fran Game, Consultant Diabetologist and Honorary Associate Professor with the University of Nottingham took up the  post of Director of R&D on 1st September 2014.
Prof. Game graduated from the University of Wales and then trained first in Diabetes and then Chemical Pathology in Newcastle and the Midlands. She moved back into Diabetes in 1996 and in 2000 took up a Consultant post at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. In 2002, she set up the Foot Ulcer Trials Unit with Professor William Jeffcoate. 
Prof. Games' current research includes multi centre trials of the management of diabetic foot ulcers, the effect of renal replacement therapy on the diabetic foot, and the management and outcome of Charcot Foot in Diabetes. She was secretary of the Wound Healing Group of the International Working Group of the Diabetic Foot which produced systematic reviews and guidelines in 2007 and 2011. In May 2011 she moved to take up a new consultant post at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Assistant Director: Dr Teresa Grieve

Head of Clinical Trials and Research Governance: Jo Thornhill

Clinical Trials Contracts Manager: Amy Farmer


Clinical Trials Manager: Rachelle Sherman

Clinical Trials Manager: Kate Frost

Study Support Services Facilitator: Kate Threapleton

Study Support Services Administrator: Pam Ravipati

Pam completed her MSc in Pharmacology at the Glasgow Caledonian University in November 2009, during which she gained an interest in clinical research. She developed the latter by carrying out a clinical research project on the Advantages of the Anti-Inflammatory drug Ginkgo Biloba in Rheumatoid Arthritis at the University of Glasgow. She has gained a number of years’ experience working as a Clinical Trial Co-ordinator in Surrey and then in South London. 

Pam joined the R&D team as Study Support Services Administrator in June 2016 and will be providing administrative support on both commercial and non-commercial trials throughout the study set-up and conduct of the clinical trial.

Quality Assurance Manager: Dr Sarah Skirrow

Sarah completed her PhD in Biomedical Science at the University of Nottingham in Spring 2013 and during this time she gained an insight into running healthy volunteer trials. She decided to further this interest whilst working for the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust as a Research Project Manager and QA Auditor. Over the 2 years that she worked at NUH she gained extensive experience in clinical trial management and developed an interest in quality assurance. 

Sarah joined the Research & Development department at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in August 2016 and will be working to further develop the quality management system within the R&D department.

Principal Research Pharmacist (R&D): Mrs Liz Bedford

Liz is an experienced pharmacist who has worked in many speciailities within the Trust for almost 20 years.  She joined the R&D team in October 2012 but has experienced research within her previous roles, which include clinical lead pharmacist for Cancer services, Programme leader for the MSc Clinical Pharmacy course at Derby University, and clinical lead pharmacist for the Women’s & Childrens division.  Liz leads a team of pharmacists & pharmacy technicians, who manage and provide dedicated specialist pharmacy services to all clinical trials involving investigational medicinal products (CTIMP trials) in the Trust.

Senior Pharmacist (R&D): Kashmira Subramanian

Kashmira joined the Pharmacy team in the R&D Department in June 2014. Prior to this she worked at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and The University of Wolverhampton as a Clinical Teacher Practitioner.

Her work here, in brief, involves clinically screening trial prescriptions for current studies before they are dispensed for patients, assisting researchers in the set-up and management of new trials and preparation of in-house clinical trials related documentation.  Kashmira is really pleased to be a part of the team and has found working in Clinical Trials to be a challenge, but one that she has thoroughly enjoyed so far.

Head of Medical Statistics and Data Management: Apostolos Fakis

Apostolos joined the Trust as medical statistician in 2005 following the completion of Master in Medical Statistics at University of Lancaster. He is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Health and Social Care Practice with special interest in mixed methods and the application of Structural Equation Modelling to qualitative data.  He has experience of research ethics as he was vice-chair in the Research Ethics Committee (REC).  

Apostolos is an expert reviewer of National Institute Health Research (NIHR) funding programs and has expertise in research design and methodology for developing studies applying for funding. He is also certified by the Association of Clinical Data Management to provide high quality data management in clinical trials of investigational medicinal products.

Medical Statistician: Michael Jones

Michael completed his MSc in Medical Statistics at the University of Leicester in September 2014, during which he gained an interest in survival analysis, methods of handling missing data and meta-analysis. He developed the latter by carrying out a meta-analysis on a research project on obesity and mortality in partnership with the Leicester Diabetes Centre. He also has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham and has experience as a Data Manager after working for the international engineering consultancy company, GL Noble Denton. 

Michael joined the Trust in January 2015 and will be providing statistical advice on both clinical and non-clinical trials throughout the design, analysis, data management, conduct and publications stages.

Senior Clinical Data and Information Systems Manager: Dr Victoria Chester

Victoria joined the trust in June 2016 after several years working in data management for global CRO’s.  She has experience working in phase I-IV CTIMPS , specialising in oncology & paediatrics. Prior to working in the industry, Victoria completed a PhD in Biostatistics at Newcastle University, during which she developed a passion for data handling, database design and multivariate modelling.   

Her current role includes: CRF design, the design, user acceptance testing & validation of study databases, query management and database lock for statistical analysis, however, she also has expertise building studies in Medidata RAVE and e-Clinical OS along with numerous data manipulation software packages.

Clinical Trials Data Clerk:  Zak Connan

Data Quality and Administration Coordinator: Mrs Trish Boateng

Lead Clinical Trials Nurse: Mr Chris Worth

Chris qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1992. He has worked in many areas including A & E, MAU and Liver Transplants. He has also specialised in cardiac and respiratory medicine in Primary and Secondary Care. Chris joined the R & D Team in April 2015 having come from a Phase 1 trials unit. He is an Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescriber and has many post registration diplomas. He is currently finishing his MSc in Clinical Education at Edinburgh University. 

Chris is a Lead Clinical Trials Nurses responsible for managing a team of research nurses as well as undertaking his own study workload.

Lead Clinical Trials Nurse: Dr Kathleen Holding

Kathleen qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1990 and gained a PhD in Microbial and Environmental Science (Biofilms) from the University of Derby and a BSc Hons in Environmental Science while continuing to work as an RGN. She has a diverse background ideally suited to generic research having worked in intensive care, coronary care, emergency department and general medicine before joining Southampton CRF in 2006. Within the CRF she worked as a junior generic research nurse on a wide portfolio of commercial and non-commercial studies including oncology, obesity and respiratory. 

In 2009 Kathleen became a Senior Respiratory Research Nurse in Southampton Respiratory Biomedical research unit where she was involved in developing staff education within research, co-ordinating and setting up numerous respiratory studies including the treatment of biofilms in Cystic fibrosis and developing respiratory specific competencies. 

She joined the generic research team in Derby in 2012 and has recently been appointed one of the Lead Nurses in a time of great change in the National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network.

Lead Clinical Trials Nurse: Mrs Alison Booth


Lead Clinical Trials Nurse: Mrs Katie Riches

R&D Clinical Librarian: Miss Jane Surtees

Jane joined the Trust as Clinical Librarian in 2007 following three years postgraduate research in human-computer interaction and information retrieval. She holds a First class honours degree in Information & Library Management. Jane has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally, and is undertaking MSc study at Oxford University on Evidence Based Health Care.

Research Communications Officer: Kathy Brown

Kathy joined the R&D Department in January 2015 but prior to that she has worked at the Trust from 2007 to Dec 2014  in the Medical Education Department at the Royal Derby Hospital.  

Kathy leads on the development and delivery of all communications activities for the R&D Department and for Derby Clinical Trials Support Unit, particularly on any events. She is the editor of the R&D Newsletter called ”Taking Part in Research” and she is responsible for uploading information onto the R&D web pages.  

One of the main events in the R&D calendar is the International Clinical Trials Day event, which is held to commemorate the first clinical trial by James Lind in the 18th century.  Kathy is responsible for organizing this event on a yearly basis and she is also at the forefront of promoting research awareness throughout the Trust to members of the public, patients and to the wider health community.