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Inclusive research opportunities

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

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

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Talk to those already working in your area of interest, find a mentor or even someone to collaborate with.

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

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


Dr. Beth Stuart

Beth is an associate professor at the University of Southampton. A medical statistician and quantitative methodologist, Beth’s work involves helping researchers design studies and interpret results. She has experience of working with randomised controlled trials, observational cohorts and feasibility studies. Beth’s research explores innovative statistical approaches to secondary data analysis, and she’s particularly interested in looking at how researchers can make the most of data collected.

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Dr. Emma King

Emma is an associate professor in head and neck surgery 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.


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 disciplines – find out more about who they are and what they do.

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

Dr. Emma King, associate professor of head​ and neck surgery and consultant surgeon



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Wessex REACH initiative - Case Studys

Hear from experienced researchers on getting started, overcoming setbacks and their career highlights. Please get in touch if you’ve got a research story you’d like to share.

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The Wessex REACH initiative is supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The views expressed on this website are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.