NBT Researcher

Urology Research Team

The Urology Research Team at NBT is a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, academics and members of the public working across both functional urology and oncology.

Our research is supported by the Department of Health and the Bristol Urological Institute. We conduct research across a variety of settings, including laboratory based work and clinical work.

We work on a range of commercial and non-commercial, qualitative and quantitative research and collaborate with colleagues locally, nationally and internationally in order to improve outcomes for patients suffering from various urological conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Cancers such as prostate, bladder, kidney, penile and testicular
  • Male and female incontinence
  • Kidney disease including stone problems
  • Uretic disease
  • Benign prostate disease

We have close links with the University of Bristol and University of the West of England (UWE). We also work with patient groups such as Prospect.

Meet the team:

Samantha Clarke

Lead Research Nurse

Sam currently works as the Lead Research Nurse for Urology at Southmead Hospital, managing a team of 6 highly competent research practitioners. Having qualified from UWE in 2012, she began working in the fast paced Surgical and Trauma Admissions Unit at Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI). After seeing an internal advert for the research team at the BRI, she began exploring the role of the research nurse before taking a full-time role with the Joint Clinical Research Unit. She mostly led on hepatology research, for which she gained a deep interest and passion, whilst also supporting colleagues in areas such as cardiology, stroke, gastro, diabetes and dermatology. She moved over to Southmead when she was offered a band 7 role as Nurse Lead for the UPSTREAM Study (Led by Prof. Marcus Drake). She worked alongside the Urology Research Team for 4 years before she took on the role of Lead for the team in 2020. Sam has a keen interest in the training and development of the Research workforce, acting as Student Nurse Coordinator for the department and developing the Clinical Research Induction program, with plans to further develop training packages for all staff working in clinical research at Southmead Hospital.

Constance Shiridzinomwa

Research Nurse

Connie joined North Bristol NHS Trust as a registered nurse in 2004. She then joined theurology research team in January 2013. Her interest is in uro-oncology and she has mostly covered prostate and kidney cancer studies. She takes great pride in her work and the contribution she has made to prostate cancer treatment pathways as part of the delivery team.

Emily Perry

Research Nurse

Emily qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2018 after studying for her degree at the University of the West of England. She worked on a busy urology and colorectal ward before joining the urology research team in 2019. Emily has had an interest in improving patient care and outcomes through research since her placement with the research team as a student nurse. She works predominantly on prostate oncology studies but is always up for the challenge of learning something new, whilst providing ongoing support for research participants.

Kathryn Jones

Research Administrator

Katie joined the Urology Research team in April 2021 as a research administrator. Her role involves assisting the team with the daily administrative elements of running clinical research studies, helping with diary management, data entry and queries, document management and archiving, study finances and liaising with external sponsors. Having completed a psychology degree in 2019, Katie has developed a keen interest in psychological health and wellbeing research and is currently studying for a Master’s in Neuropsychology.

Victoria Garner

Research Nurse

Victoria is the newest member of the Urology research team, having joined in June 2021. She has a degree in Medical Physiology from the University of Leicester, and in Adult Nursing from the University of Birmingham, and qualified as a nurse in 2014. Victoria has worked mostly in London, initially in Intensive Care at Kings College Hospital, before moving to Neonatal Intensive Care at St Georges Hospital. While this is the first role Victoria has had in research, it has been an area of great interest to her for many years, and she is passionate about pursuing a role in developing and improving the care available to people. Victoria works primarily in functional urology, on the PriMUS and PURSUIT trials.

Marta Cobos-Arrivabene

Research Nurse

Marta joined the Urology Research team in May 2021 and works primarily in functional urology. She qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2018 at the University of the West of England. Previously she worked as a recovery nurse in Medirooms at NBT where she covered different surgical specialities including urology. Her interest in research started during her student days when she had a placement with the research team. Since then, her passion about finding out about the latest treatment options for her patients and further understanding patient diagnoses and disease prevention has grown.

Sophie Short

Research Nurse

Sophie qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2015 after completing a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. After graduating, she completed her graduate rotation program in both Neurosciences and Orthopaedics at The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, Australia where she then received a permanent position on an acute Gastroenterology and Colorectal surgical ward. In 2019, Sophie relocated to the United Kingdom where she worked in Gastroenterology and then later transitioned to Intensive Care. Sophie joined the Urology Research team in May 2021 on a part time basis and maintains her position in Intensive Care. Sophie’s interest in research began whilst undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Science at the University of Queensland, Australia. She believes systematic scientific research enables us to improve patient outcomes by gaining an objective understanding of our world. To facilitate the development of her research skills, she is currently undertaking a Master of Advanced Nursing.

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North Bristol NHS Trust
Floor 3, Learning & Research Centre
Southmead Hospital
Westbury-on-Trym
Bristol, BS10 5NB

Telephone: 0117 4149330
Email: research@nbt.nhs.uk