Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust Clinical School
The South West Clinical School in Cornwall is a partnership between the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust and the University of Plymouth. It exists to promote evidence-based practice, to develop clinically-focused non-medical research programmes that enhances patient care and to grow and nurture clinical academic pathway opportunities and careers.
Our objectives are to:
  • Increase research capacity, skills, and outputs within nursing, midwifery and allied health professions.
  • Increase evidence-based practice activity, enhancing the translation of evidence into practice.
  • Strengthen the position of the patient as the focal point for care – putting the patient at the heart of the Clinical School’s activity.
The Clinical School supports and conducts a wide range of activities that include:
  • The Alumni Clinical Research Grant Scheme
  • Funded scholarships (supported by Charitable Funds)
  • Pre-doctoral, doctoral and post-doctoral colleagues conducting clinical research
  • Master students undertaking Clinical School targeted dissertations
  • Hosting international visitors and visiting scholars
  • Developing research active interest groups and accredited clinical academic wards and departments
  • Developing and delivering researcher development programmes and seminars with clinicians to support evidence-based-practice
  • The dissemination of nursing research findings, including publication support
  • The centre for ‘novice to expert’ researcher mentorship; research grant sourcing and application support and submission, complementing existing resources including the Trust’s Research and Development Department and Cornwall Health Library.

Clinical School Leadership Team

<p>J Shawe &amp; F Underwood</p>

Professor Jill Shawe

 Professor of Maternal and Family Health and Joint Director of the South West Clinical School in Cornwall.

Dr Frazer Underwood

Associate Clinical Professor (Honorary) in Integrated Services for Older People, Consultant Nurse and Joint Director of the South West Clinical School in Cornwall.

Dr Helen Lyndon 

Honorary Clinical Fellow of the South West Clinical School in Cornwall and Member of the Leadership Team.

Honorary Clinical School Research Fellows

  • Dr Alison James, Associate Professor in Midwifery
  • Ali James, Nurse Lecturer 
  • Alison Bartlett, Associate Director for Mental Health and Learning Disability Nursing and Consultant Nurse 
  • Amie Emmett, Specialist Practitioner 
  • Amy Keates, Midwife 
  • Andrew Cashmore, Nurse Lecturer 
  • Angela Gibbon, Consultant Physiotherapist 
  • Carol Wilson, Occupational Therapist 
  • Caroline Jamison, Associate Head of School - Teaching and Learning 
  • Chloe Dyer, Nurse Lecturer
  • Christine Bloor, Consultant Radiographer
  • Christine Eade, Consultant Radiographer
  • Diane Carpenter, Nurse Lecturer 
  • Donna Fletcher, Nurse Lecturer
  • Emma Lamarti, Dietician
  • Emma Underwood, Lymphedema Specialist (Occupational Therapist)
  • Dr Gary Hodge, Research Fellow
  • Gemma Morshead, Trainee Advanced Practitioner
  • Hazel Cowles, Nurse Lecturer
  • Heather Newton, Consultant Nurse
  • Dr Helen Lyndon, Consultant Nurse
  • Joanne Taylor, Deputy Director of IPAC/Consultant Nurse
  • Julie Wright, Speech and Language Therapist 
  • Karen Cock, Consultant Nurse 
  • Linda Duggan, Nurse Lecturer
  • Lisa Attrill, Nurse Lecturer
  • Dr Lisa Burrows, Lecturer, University of Plymouth 
  • Liz Farrington, Clinical Director and Consultant Nurse 
  • Liz Tremayne-Ward, Occupational Therapist
  • Louisa Forbes, Consultant Nurse
  • Louisa Tompkins, Midwife
  • Louise Dickinson, Deputy Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health and Director of Infection Prevention and Control (Consultant Nurse)
  • Lynne Osborne, Consultant Nurse
  • Mike Wilcock, Senior Pharmacist
  • Neil Powell, Consultant Pharmacist
  • Nicci Aylward-Wotton, Consultant Nurse
  • Rachel Mullins, Midwife
  • Richard Keates, Specialist Physiotherapist
  • Rowen Hicks, Consultant Sonographer
  • Ruth Bishop, Research Practitioner (Occupational Therapist)
  • Sam Newton, Staff Nurse
  • Sam Pearce, Trainee Advanced Practitioner
  • Samuel Edwards, Consultant Nurse
  • Sarah Martyn, Consultant Radiographer
  • Sarah Myers, Nurse Lecturer
  • Sarah-Jane Pedlar, Consultant Midwife
  • Sarah-Lou Skitt, Consultant Nurse
  • Dr Sharon Eustice, Consultant Nurse
  • Sian Goddard, Physiotherapy Lecturer
  • Dr Sophia Hulbert, Specialist Physiotherapist 
  • Sophie Bennett, Therapeutic Radiographer 
  • Sue Widdison, Consultant Radiographer
  • Suzanne Adams, Specialist Practitioner
  • Tamsin Fussel, Consultant Nurse, 
  • Tristan Coombe, Lecturer, University of Plymouth
  • Zoe Cooper, Consultant Nurse 

Honorary Clinical School Research Associates

  • Katy Oak, Knowledge Service Manager
  • Sinead Blowers, Subject Librarian 

Honorary Associate Professors of the Clinical School 

  • Kim O’Keeffe, Chief Nursing Officer 
  • Frazer Underwood, Associate Director of Nursing for Research, Innovation and Improvement and Consultant Nurse in Integrated Services for Older People

Honorary Associate Directors of Nursing and Midwifery

  • Professor Bridie Kent, Professor in Nursing Leadership
  • Professor Jill Shawe, Professor in Maternal and Family Health 

Linking research with practice

Helen Lyndon, NIHR Clinical Doctoral Academic Research Fellow

Engagement activities and opportunities

  • #400Word writing competition – quarterly prizes awarded for 400 word submission illustrating the translation of evidence-based practice (contact the Clinical School for submission guidelines)
  • Virtual drop-in sessions – designed for non-medical staff to meet the Clinical School team to seek advice and support with clinical academic opportunities. 
  • Research idea support – use the online form to submit a research idea and it will be reviewed by the research and development team. You will be contacted by the Clinical School team to explore your idea further.
  • Joanna Briggs Institute resources and opportunities – the Clinical School is a Clinical Partner of the Univesity’s Collaborating Centre, and as such have a wide range of resources available to staff to access evidence and tools to support implementation of evidence into practice.
  • Virtual writing café – the Clinical School offers bespoke support staff developing academic assignments for publication or to progress #400Word submissions.
  • Seminars and workshops – planned and bespoke opportunities throughout the year (contact the Clinical School of more details).
  • Virtual journal clubs – committed to the development of clinically and academically accredited wards and departments, establishing specialty multidisciplinary journal clubs is a great first step. In partnership with the Cornwall Health Library team, these are facilitated to start with to get them up and running.
  • Prizes and awards – prizes such as the annual travel scholarship, JBI Comprehensive Systemic Review Training prizes and small project scholarships.
All prizes are generously supported by the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust Charitable Fund. For more information on these prizes, please visit their website for more information.

Clinical partner status awarded to Cornwall's Acute Hospital Trust


The University of Plymouth's Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Clinical Excellence has awarded the South West Clinical School in Cornwall clinical partner status. This acknowledges the work clinical colleagues, affiliated to the Clinical School, have undertaken in systematic review activities to-date and their commitment share new knowledge and promote evidence-based practice activities through workshops and implementation reviews. This formal partnership will further grow networking and researching activities between academic and clinical staff to benefit patients and service users.
<p>The Joanna Briggs Collaboration logo</p>

Systematic Review Training Prizes and Support Group

The South West Clinical School in Cornwall promotes an annual prize to attract nurses, midwives and allied health professionals interested in systematically exploring the published evidence to find new knowledge and insights into a practice area they are interested in. The prize pays course fees to learn and participation at the annual University’s JBI Systematic Review Training Course.
After course completion, the hard work begins. To help, the Clinical School hosts a monthly online session with prizewinning colleagues from around county, these ‘systematic reviewers’ continue to receive support and coaching to complete systematic or scoping review protocols and with the support of a Specialist Librarian in the Cornwall Health Library their final reviews. A number of published protocols and reviews from the Clinical School in Cornwall can be found here. 
<p>(L-R) Frazer Underwood, 















Associate Chief Nurse
- Royal Cornwall
Hospitals NHS Trust; Zoe Cooper, Safeguarding Lead Nurse at Royal Cornwall
Hospitals NHS Trust; and Professor Jill Shawe, Director of the University of Plymouth Institute of Health and Community&nbsp;</p>
<p>Jill Shawe &amp; Frazer Underwood</p>

South West Clinical Schools

The South West Clinical Schools are a collaboration between the University of Plymouth and the NHS, working with nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals at all stages of their clinical and academic development.

Our work with local health services has identified the urgent need to capture improvements in patient and family outcomes, as well as ensure that existing evidence is used to best develop the research led by non-medical health professionals. To meet these needs, we have invested in clinical schools, which are professorial-led centres, in five of our local NHS trusts. The main focus for the clinical schools is to encourage health professionals to look at their practice, challenge current thinking, try out new ideas and work out ways to measure what they're doing.

Find out more about the South West Clinical Schools

<p>South West Clinical Schools logo</p>