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Future Kent, Surrey and Sussex chief investigators awarded ‘Green Shoots’ funding

Future Kent, Surrey and Sussex chief investigators awarded ‘Green Shoots’ funding

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Kent, Surrey and Sussex is delighted to announce the successful researchers who have been awarded money from its Green Shoots fund. Money has been awarded to seven first time would-be chief investigators to protect work time in order for them to develop a research proposal ready for a funding application. Funding is for new projects only and focuses on areas of health priorities within Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 

The successful applicants are:

Lindsey Allan, Macmillan Oncology Dietitian - Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
Project: BOUNCED - Managing oral diet following a diagnosis of subacute bowel obstruction: a feasibility study exploring the efficacy of a 4 stage Bowel ObstrUctioN CancEr Diet and quality of life of cancer patients - a multi-centre study.

Manju Chandran, Consultant Ophthalmologist - Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Project: Real-World use of Artificial Intelligence to grade Diabetic Retinopathy in patients referred to Secondary care (RIDRS).

Dr Nicola Gilbert and Dr Helen Startup, Consultant Clinical Psychologists and Joint Heads of Psychology and Psychological Therapy for Sussex Eating Disorder Services (SEDS), Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust. They are also joint Directors of the new Sussex Partnership Eating Disorders Research Clinic and Helen is a Research Fellow in the Research and Development Department of SPFT.
Project: A Feasibility Trial of the Group Delivery of Maudsley Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults (MANTRA).

Akshat Kapur, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrics Consultant Paediatrician, Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital - Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust 
Project: Breathe Easy: Novel semi-prone positioning protocol to manage safe upper airway drainage (UAD) and minimise aspiration pneumonia risk in children and young people with complex neuro-disability (CYP/CN-D).

Dr Tarannum Rampal, Consultant Anaesthetist - Medway NHS Foundation Trust
Project: Multi-Modal Perioperative Management for Frailty: A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Study. 

Christina Uwins, Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Robotic Gynaecological Oncology - Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
Project: MIRRORS: Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery, Role in Optimal Debulking Ovarian Cancer, Recovery & Survival.


The Green Shoot applicants will undertake the Brighton and Sussex Universities Medical School Clinical Trial Management module and will receive support from NIHR Research Design Service South East and NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Green Shoot applicants will also be mentored by an experienced researcher who works in the same specialty as their area of research focus.

Dr Kate Jones, CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex Chief Operating Officer said: “It was a pleasure as always to review the novel ideas and plans coming from our services and the individuals who want to use research to innovate and improve care. The funded projects went through a rigorous shortlisting and interview process and we are confident that this protected time will result in some high quality research bids. The programme offers support with the process, educational opportunities, and mentorship from regional experts. COVID- 19 has caused the programme of work to stall but we are confident our researchers will be able to recommence their endeavours very soon.”