South West England

Hello and welcome to the South West hub of CAHPR.

We aim to develop AHP research and researchers in the region.  We want to support the strengthening of evidence of the professions’ value and impact for enhancing service user and community care.  We want to enable the professions to speak with one voice on research issues, thereby raising our profile and increasing our influence. 

Our vision is for strong AHP research activities and outputs facilitating the translation of research findings into practice and education across the South West.

CAHPR South West is run through a network of Hub Leaders, Facilitators, Connectors, and our marvellous administrator, Jessica Coggins.

Figure 1 South West Coast Path, Fowey; Photo by Aleks Marinkovic on Unsplash
Figure 1 South West Coast Path, Fowey; Photo by Aleks Marinkovic on Unsplash

Meet the team

Dr Jen Pearson

Dr Jen Pearson

Hub Leader 

University of the West of England, Bristol

Dr Kim Diment

Dr Kim Diment 

Hub Leader 

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Dr Ralph Hammond

Dr Ralph Hammond 

Hub Leader 

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust Clinical School

Jessica Coggins

Jessica Coggins 

Hub Administration 

University of the West of England, Bristol



Why should AHPs do research?(link to YouTube video)

Top Tips: AHPs in research (link to YouTube video)


Research Café

Join CAHPR South West at our online drop in research café on the first Wednesday of every month.

Time:  One hour from 19.00 - 20.00.

It's an opportunity for members to ask questions, discuss research, and network.

Everyone is welcome! 

Please click this link to join the MS Teams meeting.

  • Wednesday 7th September, 19.00-20.00 (facilitated by Dr Ralph Hammond)
  • Wednesday 5th October, 19.00-20.00 (facilitated by Dr Jen Pearson)
  • Wednesday 2nd November, 19.00-20.00 (facilitated by Dr Ralph Hammond)
  • Wednesday 7th December, 19.00-20.00 (facilitated by Dr Jen Pearson)
Funding workshop

Click the above flyer for further information and registration. 

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement

Links to useful information

  1. NHS Health Research Authority here
  2. NIHR Patient and Public Involvement resources for applicants to NIHR research programmes here

Find out more about CAHPR South West, about AHP research, and clinical research

Our twitter feed shares information on events, news, research projects, training opportunities, and funding announcements. Contact us via email if you have specific questions. Scroll to the bottom of this page, below for contact details.

Recent Activities

Patient and public involvement and engagement

Catch up on the patient and public involvement events we held in 2019.

Building your research CV

On Wednesday 6th July 2022, Sophie Chalmers joined CAHPR South West again to present on how to build your research CV. This event included practical advice and start your career as a researcher, while a clinician.

CAHPR South West Panel event: barriers and enablers to AHP research

On Wednesday 22nd September 2021, five local AHP leaders discussed the barriers and enablers to engaging in AHP research. Please take a look at the illustration summaries. 

CAHPR South West panel event introduction
CAHPR South West panel event summary

Q&A on health research

On Wednesday 23rd September 2020, CAHPR South West held our first fully virtual question and answer session for attendees to find out more about health research.

Funding opportunities

On Thursday 6th February 2020, CAHPR South West facilitated two workshops in Bristol and Plymouth for any Allied Health Professional considering applying for research funding. Both workshops included presentations on funding opportunities followed by an opportunity to network. 

Contact information

Tweets by CAHPRsouthwest