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The Wessex REACH initiative enables healthcare professionals to take research ideas from concept to reality.


We’re reaching out across Wessex to support researchers from all backgrounds and with any level of experience. If you’re looking to start a project but need some guidance, we hope you’ll find everything you need to take the next step. Find out more about funding and training opportunities, how to get started and meet the team.


Wessex REACH is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).


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Getting started in research


Advice on how to find a research team, getting your name out there and even publishing your work.

Funding and support


Find out what financial support is available to those turning to a research career from the healthcare profession.

Network in Sussex


Talk to those working in your area of interest in healthcare, find a mentor or someone to collaborate with in your research career path.

Useful links


Find links to local research groups, funding programmes and related organisations.

Video resources in healthcare research


Hear from researchers working in healthcare, including advice for getting started in your research career.

Community research map


Join our Multi-disciplinary Research Community. Search the map to find healthcare researchers with similar interests using your own search terms.

Clinical research network Sussex

Diagram showing an overview of the organisations involved in research within Wessex.

For an accessible version, please contact

Professor Emma King

Prof. Emma King

Emma is a professor of head and neck surgical oncology at the University of Southampton. Her PhD and specialist training were completed in the UK before travelling to Toronto, Canada, for two years for fellowship training in ablative and reconstructive head and neck surgery. Her time is now divided between research in head and neck cancer at the University of Southampton and clinical commitments at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust as a consultant head and neck surgeon.

Professor Catherine Bowen

Prof. Catherine Bowen

Catherine leads the Foot and Ankle Research programme and is the training lead for the National Institute of Health Research Applied Research Collaboration Wessex (NIHR ARC Wessex). Catherine’s research focuses on musculoskeletal lower limb, foot and ankle pathology with an emphasis on imaging techniques and optimising models of foot-health care. Catherine became the first podiatrist to receive a Chartered Scientist Award after identifying that ultrasound imaging could be used by podiatrists, and has since pioneered the clinical uptake of this technique around the world.


The Wessex REACH team work across a range of healthcare disciplines – find out more about their research career and what they do.

Emma King
“Research opportunities are not only for everyone, but need everyone. It’s the only way research can progress and improve patient care.”

Emma King, professor of head​ and neck surgical oncology

Highlights & upcoming events

Event: Cancer Researchers Introductory Course (CRIC)

Details: Are you new to cancer research? Are you considering working in a role in cancer research? Then join this full day workshop face to face at CRN Hedge End.

 Date : Fri 24th Nov 2023; Fri 17th May 2024, Fri 15th Nov 2024

Email for more information. 

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