Our Obstetrics and Gynaecology clinical research team was set up in 2009, to offer women the opportunity to take part in clinical research studies. We  undertake research which covers the whole of pregnancy (including labour and delivery) and the breadth of women's health:

  • preventing miscarriage
  • care in pregnancy (high blood pressure, early delivery, smoking cessation etc)
  • management of labour (how to best manage twin delivery, heavy bleeding, position for delivery etc)
  • gynaecological problems (period problems, pelvic pain, surgery for urine leakage and prolapse, cancer, subfertility etc)

Our team includes consultants, midwives, nurses, operating department practitioners, health care assistants, anaesthetists and junior doctors, who are all aware of the importance of clinical research and encourage women to consider taking part in our trials.

We have successfully run more than a 100 different trials in the last ten years and the results ensure we offer women and babies the highest quality and most up-to-date care. We have also recruited the largest numbers nationally in several important trials (e.g. ANODE, FACT, PRISM, MIFEMISO & SALVO)

The trials are approved by the ‘National Institute for Health Research’ (NIHR), a Government body which ensures that our research is directly relevant to NHS patients.

In the last 5 years more than 2,600 women in the South Tyneside and Sunderland area have taken part in 40 research trials – an amazing number! Our numbers have increased year on year and all of our team members continually strive to improve on the team’s previous annual performance.

Any research trials which are relevant to you will be discussed when you come to clinic, but please feel free to ask to speak to a member of our obstetrics and gynaecology research team whenever you attend.

You can find out more about the Trust's research and innovation team here

Our team

Research Team Lead – Consultant Obstetrician

Kim Hinshaw

Research Team Lead

Amanda Bargh

Research Midwives

Kirsten Herdman

Lesley Hewitt

Eileen Walton

Gemma Parish

Judith Ormonde

Lucy Rowland

Research Staff Nurses Gynaecology

Janet Scollen

Ashleigh Price

Research Admin Assistant

Milford Karen

Data Manager

Amy Trotter

The majority of our consultant team are also research active