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Centre for Research and Development

The Centre for Research & Development
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Kingsway Site
DE22 3LZ

T: 01332 623700 ext. 33215 or 33407 

E: dhcft.crd@nhs.net

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For further information about named individuals at the centre, including individual contact details, please see below.

Please note, any extension numbers are for 01332 623700.

Contact Details for Research and Development

Dr John Sykes

Medical Director and R&D Director


01246 515971

Medical Director, Caldicott Guardian and Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry.  Previously lecturer at Sheffield University.  Executive Director, lead for Safety and Information Governance. Passionate about compassionate care and management culture.

Rubina Reza

Research and Clinical Audit Manager



01332 623439


Clinical Audit

Ranjit Badhan

Clinical Audit & Research Coordinator



ext 31073

Clinical Auditor with 11 years’ experience in the field and close to 20 years overall of working in the NHS for various organisations (Primary Care Group, Primary Care Trusts and Hospitals).

Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention Research

Keith Waters

Director of Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention




Having worked as a mental health nurse and team lead in the Derby acute general hospital setting, Keith has over 25 years of clinical experience in Liaison psychiatry, self-harm and suicide prevention. He is joint lead for the Derby site of the Multicentre Study of self-harm in England; sits on the steering group for the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship by Derbyshire Healthcare in 2013. 

Jenny Ness

Health Services Research Lead



ext 33681

Research Project Manager for Liaison Psychiatry and the Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention Research at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Joint lead for the Derby site of the Multicentre Study of Self-harm in England.

Lauren Bamford

Research Assistant


ext 33389

MSc in Clinical Aspects of Psychology. Current research interests include: high impact users of A&E, suicide, self-harm, delirium, confusion and stigma of mental health difficulties

Abbie Marron

Research Assistant



ext 33215

MSc in Health Psychology. Current research interests include: suicide, self-harm, dementia, eating disorders, older adults, health behaviours and psychopharmacology

Anita Patel

Research Assistant



ext 33579

MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology. Current research interests include: suicide, psychophysiology, self-harm and therapeutic alliance within inpatient settings.

Portfolio Study Team

Graham Spencer

Research Nurse



ext 33650

As a mental health nurse I worked on our wards for 20 years before moving into clinical research 5 years ago. I’ve been clinical lead for Schwartz since 2012. My interests include staff wellbeing, compassion & mental health research.

Lisa Thomson

Clinical Researcher



ext 33677


Gemma Harrison

Research Nurse



ext 33474

Mental Health Nurse for 18 years, 6 years of which have been spent in research.  Special Interests in Older People and Dementia

Keeley Marriot

Clinical Studies Assistant




ext 33407


Natalie Startin

Senior Clinical Research Assistant



ext 33489


Audrey Williamson


Research Nurse



ext 33398

Mental health nurse for 37yrs, having spent 16yrs on our low secure facility, 15yrs as a CPN, mainly working within Assertive Outreach Teams before becoming a Research Nurse for the past 6yrs. My main interest remains with younger adults / psychosis but it has been nice reconnecting with older adults again.

Caroline Cheetham

Research Nurse



ext 33489

Mental Health Nurse for 18 years, having previously worked in an older adult day hospital and Memory Assessment Service I moved to research 5 years ago.  Areas of interest are Older Adults and Dementia.

Debbie Risorto

Occupational Therapist



ext 33580

Qualified Occupational Therapist with many years clinical experience in Older Adults CMHT. Recently joined the R&D Team on secondment with specific interest in promoting activity and independence in people with dementia.

Andy Dingwall

Research Nurse



ext 33398

Mental Health Nurse on Adult Acute wards for 7 years followed by 18 years on electronic health records projects.  Joined Research Team in February 2018.

Diane Hawksworth


Clinical Research Assistant



ext 33683


Marc Riley

Research Ambassador



ext 33407

 Originally a volunteer service user in trust research projects and a volunteer peer support worker due to personal mental health issues – upon finishing treatment I became a community support worker for the Trust and a patient research ambassador. My current role bridges the gap between service users and staff, and helps shape research as an on-going commitment.         


Centre for Dementia

Dr Simon Thacker

Director of Centre for Dementia



01332 623683

Consultant Psychiatrist with special interest in Later Life for 22 years. Currently combines research work with Liaison Psychiatry at the general hospital and medical management


Marie Hickman

Library & Knowledge Manager



ext 33449

A librarian in the NHS for over 20 years. My role is to ensure access to the best available resources in support of evidence-based healthcare, research, education, training and strategic decision making. I am passionate about making sure the services we provide have an impact on patient care.


Meera Brooks

Library Trainee



ext 33449

When I was at college, I did work experience in a library. I was going to study Health and Social Care at college and when looking for apprenticeships my mum found this apprenticeship at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Library.

Having been an apprentice as a library trainee, I am now a full time employee as a library assistant. You can find me on the library desk. I can help Derbyshire Healthcare staff to obtain suitable books and journal articles. I can also help our staff to use computers and help them get through their e-learning.