Research Department

What we do

South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust is committed to supporting Research that contributes to provision of the best care for patients. Clinical Research allows us to assess the efficacy of new medicines and treatments and diagnostic regimes, providing evidence to improve patient care. Patients may be invited to take part in a clinical study whilst they are treated at the hospital. We currently undertake a wide range of studies ranging from simple questionnaires to drug trials at Warwick Hospital, The Royal Leamington Spa Rehab Hospital and Stratford Hospital.

Meet the team

Dr Chris Marguerie - Clinical Lead
Jo Williams - Head of Research & Development
Penny Parsons - Senior Research Nurse
Donna Walsh - Rigby Lead Nurse
Clare O'Brien - Research Midwife

Contact details

Location: Research and Development Office, Room 5, Flat 2, Lakin Flats, Warwick Hospital, Warwick, CV34 5BW

Our services

Research is accessed by In-patients, Out-patients and those Research Study Teams wishing to set up studies in the Trust

Information for patients

Research could not happen without the support of patients, carers and members of the public. Your help to assist us improve services is vital, both for the present and future generations. Each year about 750 new patients take part in our studies and we currently have approximately 40 studies open.

Taking part in a trial may include any of the following:

  • Talking to researchers
  • Completing questionnaires
  • Letting us take blood samples or other measurements e.g. blood pressure, urine tests
  • Taking a new medicine or trying a new treatment

Why take part?

  • You may benefit from a new treatment or test or others may benefit in the future
  • You may want to contribute to improving care for others
  • You may feel that you like the extra attention and time that sometimes participation in a trial can provide.
  • You may want to increase your knowledge about your condition.

Research Studies

Research Studies that we are currently involved in include the following specialities:

  • Diabetes
  • Critical Care
  • Cancer and haematology
  • Heart disease
  • Surgery
  • Midwifery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • COVID-19
  • Rheumatology

We are always trying to support clinicians to open studies and actively seek to open studies in new specialities. Participation as a patient is voluntary and patients who do not wish to participate will still receive the best care that we can offer.

All research conducted within the Trust has been reviewed by the Research Governance department within the Research and Development team, to ensure robust standards are maintained.


You can see our performance here.

Should you wish to know more about the studies open to recruitment within any particular specialty please email and one of the research team will get back to you.

SWFT is one of the Partnership Trusts for the Comprehensive Research Network – West Midlands -

Information for researchers

Useful links

  • Find out more about the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
  • More information about what clinical trials are, why you should join, and what’s typically involved here.
  • Be Part of Research allows users to search for opportunities to participate in research.
  • An online resource where researchers and research organisations advertise opportunities for members of the public to get involved in research.
  • Behind the Headlines explains the facts behind media headlines and gives a better understanding of the research that was carried out.

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