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New research appointment of Director of Engagement and Training for Hampshire academic Dr Greta Westwood

10 November 2016

NIHR CLAHRC Wessex is pleased to announce that Dr Greta Westwood has been appointed as Director of Engagement and Training. As well as taking on that role she will become part of the senior team in the Faculty of Health Sciences as the Director of Clinical Academic Practice at the University of Southampton.

As part of the National Institute for Health Research, CLAHRC Wessex (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Wessex) conducts research to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the region and covers a wide range of health related issues.

Dr Westwood has been the Director of Training for 25 Research Fellows at the CLAHRC and is part of the organisations’ Executive team. She has also been the Co-ordinator for the Faculty Clinical Academic Programme and is Deputy Director of Research and Chair of the Clinical Outcomes Research Group for the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Dr Westwood said: “I am delighted to take up this new role, which will really focus and build the relationships between our World-class research and the NHS and beyond. The Faculty of Health Sciences at the university is leading the way in training and supporting the existing and future generation of health professionals and it is a tremendous privilege to be part of that.”

Professor Anne Rogers is Director of the CLAHRC Wessex and welcomed Dr Westwood to her new role: “It’s so important to have the skills and talent that Greta possesses as part of our team. She leads an outstanding group of research fellows in their work to improve the care and treatment of people in the Wessex region. CLAHRC is a partnership of a wider range of NHS and local agencies. Engaging and embedding our NHS and other partners in progressing our research and implementation agenda is vital to the success of the CLAHRC and in building strong ongoing links of applied health research that makes a difference to patient outcomes.”

Professor Mandy Fader is Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and added: “Greta has been instrumental in building our flagship Clinical Academic Programme. I am so pleased that she will be bringing her many skills and boundless enthusiasm to directing the Faculty to become a model of clinical academic practice.”


Dr Greta Westwood has a PhD in Nursing and a clinical background in NHS clinical genetics. She qualified as a nurse in 1983 and a midwife in 1987 completing an MSc in Health Psychology in 1996. In 1987 Dr Westwood moved to the Wessex Clinical Genetics Service, where she held a joint Clinical Academic post with the University of Southampton whilst completing my PhD. In 2008 she moved to research management, initially as the Lead Research Management and Governance Manager for the NIHR Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN). In 2012 she became a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar.

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