The Research and Development Team

Research and Development at the Trust takes place in four distinct specialties which include Medicine, Therapies, Surgery & Oncology and Women’s Health & Paediatric Research.

Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive says, “I am very proud of our engaging research department who have over the years helped us build a research culture that is inclusive for all those in the wider community, patients and colleagues. I am delighted that we play a key part in medical research and we are now in the top 10% of trusts recruiting participants and their families for commercial and academic studies across the country. Well done Team R&D!”

Suzanne has also become chair of the Clinical Research Network (CRN) Kent, Surrey and Sussex Partnership Board, where she will be facilitating the strategy and involve partners across CRN to optimise their involvement in promoting clinical research and increase the impact.

Here is a list of exciting new trials opening at the Trust throughout the rest of the financial year:


Medicine Research
SELECT – Cardiovascular Risk & Obesity Trial
AEGIS-2 – Cardiology – Acute Myocardial Infarction Trial
ORION-4 – Cardiovascular – Lipidlowering Trial
BIOSTREAM-HF – Cardiology – Pacemaker registry
EARLY – Cardiovascular – Lipidlowering Trial
CRAFT – Cardiology – Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Trial
ABBVIE – Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Crohn’s & Colitis Trial
OPTIMAS – Stroke – Timing of Anticoagulation treatment
British Society for Rheumatology – Rheumatology – Psoriatic Arthritis Biologics treatment register

Therapies Research
FEMUR 3 – Orthopaedics Surgery & Oncology Research
PRONOUNCE – Oncology & Cardiovascular – Prostate Cancer Trial
CADMUS – Urology – Ultrasound vs MRI in Prostate Cancer Trial
CIPHER – Colorectal – Stoma Operations, frequency of hernias
INDEX – Urology – Prostate Cancer HIFU treatment trial
SUBSONIC – Colorectal – Faecal incontinence & sacral neuromodulation
MACPT – Palliative – Improving communication between patients and healthcare professionals.

Women’s Health and Paediatrics Division
BIOJUME – Paediatrics – Juvenile Mycolonic Epilepsy Trial
REGAIN – Paediatrics – Rolandic Epilepsy Trial
Synbiotic Extensively Hydrolysed Feed Study – Paediatrics – Cow’s milk allergy Trial

Please contact the R&D team should you want to know anything about these clinical trials. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Pictured above are the Research and Development Team