Starting Research 2022 Handouts Booklet

The Starting Research handouts booklet (containing the presentation slides and optional worksheets) is available to download as a PDF:

Optional worksheets: At the end of the handouts booklet are three optional worksheets, which are referred to in the presentations. These are also available to download individually as Word documents or PDF files:

  • WORKSHEET: Routes into Research (Sophie Hyndman) – Download as a Word document | Download as a PDF
  • WORKSHEET: A good research question (Jane Vennik) – Download as a Word document | Download as a PDF
  • WORKSHEET: Next steps (Issy Reading) – Download as a Word document | Download as a PDF

Starting Research programme

Welcome & Introduction
Sophie Hyndman, Deputy Director, RDS South Central

Routes into Research and Sources of Funding for Getting Started
Sophie Hyndman

What makes a good research question?
Jane Vennik, Senior Research Adviser, RDS South Central

Establishing the evidence-gap: libraries, literature searches & reviews
Christine Keen, Adviser in Health Research Information, RDS East Midlands



NIHR Incubators
Michelle Briggs, Clinical Professor & Corporate Director of Nursing (Research), Manchester Clinical Academic Centre for Nurses, Midwives &AHPs (NMAHPs), Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust & School of Health Sciences Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health

How to find a good supervisor
Sophie Hyndman


An introduction to PPI
Paul Hewitson

First steps in research: a personal account
Sherin Varghese, Department of Clinical Haematology, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Q&A: Funding and other support for pre-doctoral researchers

Thames Valley Panel (Chair: Sophie Hyndman):

  • Karen Bell, NIHR Oxford BRC Training and Education Manager
  • Katie Flight, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NHSFT) R&D team
  • Nancy Hopewell, Workforce Development Lead, Thames Valley and South Midlands Clinical Research Network (CRN)
  • Jemima Littlejohns, Research Training and Development Manager, Oxford Health NHSFT
  • Leslie Mokogwu, Head of Research and Development, Royal Berkshire NHSFT
  • Kate Penhaligon, Head of Research & Development, Berkshire Healthcare NHSFT
  • Kate Saunders, Academic Training Programme Director, Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)
  • Louise Stayt, Senior Lecturer, Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery, HEE-NIHR Internship Scheme
  • Katherine Tucker, Oxford & Thames Valley Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Training / Career Development Lead
  • Helen Walthall, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Research and Innovation

Wessex Panel (Chair, Issy Reading, RDS South Central)

  • Kinda Ibrahim, ARC Wessex (HEE-NIHR internships)
  • Eunice Aroyewun, Wessex Reach
  • Cindy Whitbread, Lead Research Nurse Workforce Development, Hampshire Hospitals NHSFT
  • Sarah Williams, Associate Director for Research and Improvement, Solent NHSFT
  • Chantel Ostler, Career Academic Lead, Portsmouth University Hospital NHST

East Midlands Panel (Chair: Rachel Evley, RDS East Midlands):

  • Louise Bramley, Head of Nursing & Midwifery Research Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Claire Diver, Associate Professor Physiotherapy; Academic Plan Lead Ma Research Methods (health); Co-lead HEEM pre-doctoral fellowships, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham
  • Ian Mcgonagle, School of Health and Social Care, University of Lincoln, HEE-NIHR Internships
  • Brian Crosbie, RDS East Midlands
  • Roz Sorrie-Rae, Study Support Service Compliance & Assurance Manager, East Midlands CRN

East of England Panel (Chair: Jean Craig, RDS East of England):

  • Emma Dickerson, Business and Operations Manager, NIHR ARC East of England
  • Christi Deaton, Professor of Nursing, Department of Public Health & Primary care, University of Cambridge, & HEE/NIHR Bridging Programme – Clinical Academic Careers East (CLAC) EAST
  • Vassilios Vassiliou, Clinical Professor in Cardiac Medicine at the University of East Anglia & Director of Norwich Academic Training Office
  • Garry Barton, Deputy Director RDS EoE and NHR Fellowship Panel Member
  • Stephen Kelleher, R&D Manager, Cambridge University Hospitals NHSFT
  • Ruth Hudson, Research Delivery Manager, CRN East of England Core Team

Next steps
Issy Reading, RDS South Central

Pre-booked one-to-ones with RDS advisers