AHP Research Champions

AHP Research Champions

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To find out about other research activists across the Clinical Research Network, click here

Applications are now open for North West London, East Midlands, West Midlands, and Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Our AHP Research Champions

As an important member of our community of role models and research activists, AHP Research Champions will champion the research work of AHPs and encourage more professionals to be aware of and involved in health and social care research and the work of the NIHR for the benefit of patients.

East Midlands

Dr Katie Robinson, Physiotherapist

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust


John Martin, Paramedic

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Carol Payne, Physiotherapist

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Greater Manchester

Cynthia Eccles, DPhil, Radiographer

Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Maria Barrett, Dietitian

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Diane Sellers, Speech and Language Therapist

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

North East and North Cumbria

Dr Simon Hackett, Art Therapist

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust

North Thames

Dr Jennifer Wenborn, Occupational Therapist

University College London / North East London NHS Foundation Trust

North West Coast

Alison McCracken, Occupational Therapist

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

North West London

Manasi Desai, Dietitian

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

(Maternity cover for Rebecca Smith)

South London

Jacky Jones, Physiotherapist

Guy’s and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

South West Peninsula

Angie Logan, Physiotherapist

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Richard Collings, Podiatrist

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Thames Valley and South Midlands

Owen Gustafson, Physiotherapist

Oxford University Hospitals


Nikki Cullum, Physiotherapist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

West Midlands

Sally Abbott, Dietitian

University Hospitals Birmingham

West of England

Sandi Derham, Occupational Therapist

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Katherine Broomfield, Speech and Language Therapist

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust

Yorkshire and Humber

Dr Christine Comer, Physiotherapist

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The AHP Research Champion scheme

The NIHR and CAHPR have together created the NIHR/CAHPR AHP Research Champion scheme. Based in each of the 15 NIHR Local Clinical Research Networks, AHP Research Champions will act locally and link with their counterparts nationally, acting as role models and connectors for AHP health and social care professionals across a local area.

Champions Area

Please note that the following links will only work for AHP Champions using their NIHR Hub accounts