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Research for Patient Benefit - South West Regional Advisory Committee


01 January 2019


1.0 - June 2022


NIHR Research for Patient Benefit is a national funding programme that funds research on a regional level through eight Regional Advisory Committees. Each region has a local committee chair and members, and patient or public members.

Regional chair

Professor Robert Hinchliffe is Chair of the South West Regional Advisory Committee.

Committee members





Dr Rebecca Abbott

Senior Research Fellow

University of Exeter

Systematic review methodology; Health services research; Children's Health and Wellbeing 

Ms Ailsa Cameron

Senior Lecturer

University of Bristol 


Associate Professor Edward Carlton 

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (Royal College of Emergency Medicine) and Consultant in Emergency Medicine 

North Bristol NHS Trust 

Clinical emergency medicine, cardiology and acute care, research in novel diagnostic technologies and pragmatic early intervention clinical trials 

Dr Ashwin Dhanda 

Consultant Hepatologist and Honorary Associate Professor

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Alcohol related liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, alcohol dependence, liver immunology

Dr Sean Ewings 

Senior medical statistician 

University of Southampton

Statistical methods, primarily trials and diagnostic studies

Professor Jenny Freeman 

Professor in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, School of Health Professions 

University of Plymouth 

Clinical trials investigating the process and outcomes of rehabilitation interventions; laboratory based studies exploring underlying mechanisms of disability; the evaluation of outcome measures

Professor William Henley

Professor of Medical Statistics 

University of Exeter

Worked as an applied statistician for over 20 years. Research interests include: Analysis of longitudinal, multilevel and survival data, Design and analysis of cohort and other epidemiological studies, Epidemiology of ageing, disability and chronic disease, Statistical methods in bioinformatics 

Dr Elsa Marques 

Health Economist  

University of Bristol 

Designing and conducting economic evaluations within trials and economic decision models in a myriad of clinical areas and settings 

Dr Antonieta Medina-Lara 

Associate Professor in Health Economics

University of Exeter

Health Economics; economic evaluation; modelling, health outcome measures; wellbeing assessment

Mrs Carol-Ann Partridge

Public Member


Dr Susie Pearce 

Associate Professor of Nursing (research)  

University of Plymouth 

Clinical academic with a background in nursing and applied health research. expertise in qualitative and mixed method research 

Mr Philip Ruthen

Public Member



Dr Jenny Scott

Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice

University of Bath 

Substance misuse, harm reduction, pharmacy practice. Non-medical prescribing

Mrs Hilary Shergold

Public Member

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