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​Research a​nd Innovation

​A message from the Head of Department – Hello! I'm Zoë, and I joined Dorset County Hospital as the new Head of Research in May 2017.  A huge thank you to my predecessor Chris Miller who worked extremely hard growing the department to what it is today.  I joined the team from Bournemouth University and have a background in demographics and health inequalities as well as research design.  I am passionate about public involvement and making a difference.  For these reasons, I hope to raise awareness of research and co-create a strategy with patients and staff in order to grow a more collaborative research culture.  

The Research Department has offices at Dorset County Hospital in the Old Chapel in Damers House (near to the Children's Centre). 

We are a very active department currently taking part in over 150 active clinical trials covering all clinical areas. We are here to help with all aspects of research and clinical trials.  For general enquiries please email

Patient Research Ambassadors

Are you interested in shaping innovative health research at Dorset County Hospital?  The Research and Innovation Department is looking for volunteer Patient Research Ambassadors to:

  • Help raise community awareness of lifesaving medical research
  • Assist with guiding the direction of our research strategy
  • Represent the patient perspective at meetings
  • Help with designing research projects

To register your interest or for further information please contact the Research and Innovation Department on 01305 253106 or e-mail  Alternatively please complete and return the reply form available here.

Head of Research, Dr Zoë Sheppard

Lead Research Nurse, Simon Sharpe​

Simon is the Lead Research Nurse who has responsibility for all clinical trials being undertaken in Dorset County Hospital. He will ensure that all research is being carried out to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Standard. Simon can be contacted on 01305 254557.

Deputy Lead Research Nurse, Sarah Williams

Sarah is the Deputy Lead Research Nurse who deputises for Simon Sharpe.  Sarah’s role includes managing part of the team and she also works on the Critical Care, ED and Acute Care studies at DCHFT.  Sarah can be contacted on 01305 254805.

Research Support Manager, Sue O'Kerwin

Sue is the Research Support Manager whose responsibilities include managing the team of Data Administrators and the research support team. Sue can be contacted on 01305 253362.

Research Governance Manager, Dionysis Seretis

Dionysis can be contacted on 01305 253127

Research Department Privacy Notice

As a participant or potential participant in a research study taking place at Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust (DCHFT) we are required to provide you with some basic information about how DCHFT uses data for research purposes.

All research studies carried out in DCHFT are conducted according to the guidelines and specifications of the Health Research Authority (HRA). The HRA is a non-departmental public body (NDPB) sponsored by the Department of Health. As the leading authority in England its role is to regulate research with a view to protecting the interests of patients and to promote public participation in health and social care research.

You can find out more about research and about the use of patient information in studies on the Health Research Authority (HRA) website.

If you are considering taking part or you are already participating in a research study which is taking place in DCHFT you can find more comprehensive information about the use of personal information in research from the Sponsor of that study. If you don't know the Sponsor of the study in which you are already a participant or considering being a participant you may ask your local investigator; you are also welcome to contact the Department of Research and Innovation at​.​

Participants or potential participants of a study sponsored by DCHFT should read this additional information related to the specific study:

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Clinical Research Performance Reports

Performance Initiating Research​

Performance Delivering Research​​​​​