Research Development & Innovation 


The Research Development and Innovation Department (RD&I) is a dedicated team which is committed to developing research and innovation within our Trust. In 2016/17 4,800 patients were recruited in to our research studies.

Our patients are at the centre of all our research efforts, and we are using research to make a real difference to people's lives. As such we are committed to delivering a portfolio of leading-edge research focused on the needs of our patients that is conducted to the highest standards. Our research at UHCW helps us to provide the latest treatments and the best care for our patients. We aim to increase the number of studies we can offer to patients and help them understand more about research and the positive impact it has for all.

A career in RD&I can be very rewarding and our Research Nurses are a key part of the workforce playing an important role in the running of various research related areas.


RD&I employs over 50 dedicated and highly trained clinical staff comprising of Research Nurses and Research Assistant Practitioners  to support  a large variety research studies at any one time.

The model developed by the department is to build teams of research nurses where ever possible working collectively across a portfolio of studies within specific research areas to enable swift and easy recruitment into trials and ensure on-going support for the effective delivery of trials as required.

The research nurses role is to provide specialist skills and knowledge to support patients and volunteers participating in a range of studies across a various disease areas, perform clinical procedures to collect data as per agreed study protocol and manage study logistics and paperwork.

Research Areas:

  • Cancer
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Metabolic/Endocrine
  • Musculoskeletal/Trauma
  • Orthopaedics
  • Cardiovascular
  • Renal
  • Vascular
  • Gastroenterology
  • Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Rheumatology
  • Respiratory
  • Paediatric
  • ED
  • Ophthalmic
  • Intensive care
  • Radiology
  • Neonatal

Our Facilities

We have a number of well equipped, dedicated research suites across the Trust providing an excellent environment where patients can attend for their study visits, spending time with the research teams ensuring the patients are offered the highest standards of comfort and care throughout their research journey.

The Cancer Treatment Centre, based within the Cancer Trials Unit provides a calm haven for patients whilst receiving the prescribed treatments overseen by our highly trained treatment nurses ensuring the very best care is offered to all participants.

Training and Education

We are passionate about investing in the research nurses of tomorrow and provide excellent learning and development opportunities for all staff, so everyone can achieve their full potential. We provide a research specific induction programme with ongoing learning through a research competency package supported by our own training facilitator and identified mentors.

We have an active programme of research related workshops and seminars and encourage post graduate education. This makes the Research Development and Innovation Department  the ideal place to work as we aim to establish our reputation as a leading institution for research and innovation.

For more information about working in this speciality or to arrange an informal visit contact:

Nic Aldridge - Lead Research Nurse -