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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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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Dr Michelle Elbashir

Partnership Facilitator

Michelle works jointly for Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust and the University of Portsmouth. As the Partnership Facilitator she builds clinical-academic collaborations between the two organisations to develop opportunities in research and innovation.

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Sharon Court

PPI Facilitator

Sharon is a qualified teacher and youth worker with over thirty years experience of working with children and young people. She worked for ten years as a freelancer, developing and managing community engagement programmes including projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Armed Forces Community Covenant. Prior to joining the PTTU, Sharon worked with a number of local organisations including Portsmouth Cathedral where she devised and led their community engagement programme.

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Dr Phil Jewell

SIGHT Business Development and Programme Manager

Phil has a wealth of experience supporting collaboration between business and academia. For over 10 years Phil managed a number of University funding schemes at the University of Southampton, including the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership, Knowledge Transfer Secondments programme, and the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnerships scheme. Prior to this he undertook a part-time PhD in ancient history.

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Dr Leon D’Cruz,

PTTU Research Associate

Dr Leon Gerard D'Cruz joined the Research and Innovation Department at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in 2020, following a post-doc at CTRIC, Ulster University, Northern Ireland studying the role of senescence and role of biomarkers in post-MI repair in reprogrammed tissue-culture models (using Yamanaka factors) of post-MI scar tissue and genetic polymorphisms responsible for drug-resistance in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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Sharon McCready

Research Nurse Lead

Sharon McCready is a Trust Lead Research nurse who specializes in leading a multidisciplinary team of research nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, facilitating the delivery of clinical research from study design to bed side delivery.

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Johanna Mouland

Research Nurse Lead

Johanna has worked in clinical research for over 15 years and has extensive knowledge in the delivery of studies across many clinical areas. A registered nurse of over 25 years, Johanna’s clinical background is Critical Care and acute medicine.

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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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