Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust Clinical School

The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust Clinical School is a partnership between the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Plymouth. It exists to promote evidence-based practice and to grow and nurture clinically-focused non-medical research that enhances patient care.

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.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Hospital Trust - Clinical School

Clinical School Leads

Professor Jill Shawe

Professor of Women's Health and Joint Director of the RCHT Clinical School

Frazer Underwood

Consultant Nurse/Associate Chief Nurse and Joint Director of the RCHT Clinical School

Professor Bridie Kent

Executive Dean, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, University of Plymouth.

Honorary Clinical School Fellows

Zoe Cooper, Consultant Nurse

Louise Dickinson, Consultant Nurse/Associate Chief Nurse

Liz Farrington, Consultant Nurse

Sian Goddard, Physiotherapist

Emma Lamarti, Dietitian

Heather Newton, Consultant Nurse

Emma Underwood, Occupational Therapist

Honorary Clinical School Associate Professor

Kim O’Keeffe, Chief Nurse

Honorary Clinical School Associates

Lisa Burrows, Senior Research Nurse Cornwall Partnership Trust

Tristan Coombe, Lecturer University of Plymouth.

Systematic Review Training Prize Winner

The Clinical School at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust offered a prize to stimulate interest and activity around systematic reviews.

Zoe Cooper, Consultant Nurse for Safeguarding won the 2018 Clinical School JBI Systematic Review Prize. Zoe will be trained and supported to lead a JBI review. She will be looking at the impact of recent legislative changes in domestic abuse policy on older people.

Research study

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 Clinical School at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust 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.

Prizes available

Annual Travel Scholarship

Quarterly #400Words writing competition

JBI Systematic Review Training Prize

Small project scholarships

*all generously supported by RCHT Charitable Fund

For more information, contact your clinical school leads or visit the website:

RCHT Clinical School