PTTU provides the skilled staff and infrastructure to develop and deliver clinicial research projects for the benefit of patients and the community.

About the Unit

The Portsmouth Technologies Trials Unit works in collaboration with clinical researchers, academics, patients and commercial partners to develop research studies relevant to our community. We specialise in working with commercial partners, including SMEs to develop research trials in new health care technologies, however we have a broad portfolio of studies including observational studies and qualitative research. We work with a range of academic, clinical and healthcare partners including the Research Design Service (RDS) South Central.

Staff & infrastructure

We provide the staff and infrastructure to develop and deliver high quality research studies from their inception, through set up, delivery and to close down.

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Our research covers a broad range of therapeutic areas with particular strengths in Respiratory and Gastroenterology.

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Engagement & outreach

Engagement and outreach activities with our local community play a key role in what we do and how we approach healthcare problems and solutions.

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PTTU is a collaboration between the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. The collaboration has grown extensively over recent years; watch the film to find out more about the partnership.

Meet the team

We work in partnership with colleagues in the Wessex region and beyond; talk to us if you think we can help you turn your research idea into a clinical research project.

Professor Anoop Chauhan

Clinical Director

Professor Chauhan has been Director of Research and Innovation at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust since 2009. He has driven an exponential growth in research within the trust and developed a reputation within both the commercial sector and academia for the delivery of high quality research and innovation in healthcare technologies.

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Professor Gordon Blunn

Academic Lead

Professor Blunn moved to the University of Portsmouth in 2017 to become the Director in Health and Wellbeing. His current research investigates the reattachment of tendons to bone and to implant surfaces, the integration of implants with the skeleton, the wear of implant bearing materials and the use of bone graft substitute materials.

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Dr Alice Mortlock

Head of Research

Alice has worked in Research Management for over fifteen years and has experience working for two major research funders, Cancer research UK and the National Institute for Health Research. She has also managed a diverse portfolio of clinical research projects within the Department of Surgery and Biotechnology at Imperial College London.

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Matt Gummerson

Partnership Facilitator

Matt works jointly for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Portsmouth as Partnership Facilitator, building clinical-academic collaborations in research and innovation. He has a wealth of experience in bringing individuals and organisations together to agree and achieve shared strategic goals and deliver successful projects.

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Carole Fogg

Senior Lecturer

Carole is an epidemiologist and clinical triallist, with 20 years experience in the design and delivery of clinical research studies across a wide range of disciplines including infectious and chronic diseases, endoscopic and surgical techniques. She is passionate about designing research for maximum impact, through involving patients and the public, using a variety of study designs including mixed methods and quality improvement techniques, and exploring novel recruitment and retention methods such as social media.

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Dr Mark Amos


Mark is a medical statistician sharing this role with a Lectureship in Quantitative Methods at the University of Portsmouth. Mark has considerable experience of quantitative research using large scale representative survey data to examine national trends in reproductive and maternal health.

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Dr Paul Meredith

Data Manager and Analyst

Paul graduated in computer science from Warwick University and quickly specialised in database work. He moved to Portsmouth Hospitals Trust in 1994 as a database developer and later as a systems interface developer. Paul moved into healthcare research assessing the use, impact and benefits of the Vitalpac patient observation and assessment system, the product of a collaboration between the Trust and a UK company.

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Milan Chauhan

Research Data Coordinator

Milan is a graduate from Aston University and has spent the past year supporting research within the department as a Research Administrator. He has recently taken on the position of Research Data Coordinator and supports the data management of PHT led research studies.

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Dr Linda Harndahl

Research Manager and Quality Assurance Lead

Linda is responsible for the management of the staff and activities of the R&D Office; she has oversight of the set up and delivery of research studies and the PTTU quality assurance programme. Before joining the team in 2011, Linda worked as a project manger and pre-clinical senior scientist for over 5 years at AstraZeneca.

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Toni Baker

Research Facilitator (QA)

Toni joined the R&D Office in 2012 and has significant experience in the set up and delivery of research projects. Toni has managed a number of clinical trials and research studies, reviewing study feasibility, supporting study submissions to the regulatory authorities, organising trial master files and conducting regular TMG meetings and monitoring visits. In her current role, Toni is responsible for the delivery of the PTTU quality assurance programme.

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Elaine Baddeley

Research Facilitator & Trial Manager (Respiratory)

Elaine is a Research Facilitator who is responsible for the set up and delivery of clinical research studies. Elaine also provides specialist trial management support to the Respiratory Research Team. Before moving to Portsmouth, Elaine worked on delivering various health improvement projects in Guildford and Reading. Elaine is especially interested in medical device studies and holds an MSc in Health Psychology from Aston University.

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Derek Ward

Public & Patient Involvement Facilitator

Derek is the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Facilitator helping to develop and support the Research Patient Ambassadors Group and all aspects of public involvement in the work of the Research and Innovation Department at PHT. Derek originally trained as a Mental Health Nurse specialising in Child and Family Therapy before moving into health and social care research as a Research Fellow. Derek has also worked with the Research Design Service South Central as a Research Advisor with a lead for PPI. Throughout his career he has always believed in the involvement of the public and patients in both service delivery and research.

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Supporting trials and research in healthcare and medical technologies

The Portsmouth Technologies Trials Unit (PTTU) is a collaboration between Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Portsmouth. Launched in spring 2018, the unit specialises in running research studies, including clinical trials in new healthcare technologies.

We work in collaboration with academics, healthcare professionals and industry to develop and deliver high quality research projects. We specialise in working with small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and have a growing portfolio of trials and research studies, reflecting our local research expertise and the needs of our patients.

If you are interested in any of our services or would like to learn more please contact us today using our quick contact form or by calling us on 02392 286000 ext: 4042.

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