The regional co-ordinating team is as follows:
Dr. Martin James - Consultant Stroke Physician at the Royal Devon & Exeter Foundation Trust and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Peninsula Medical School.
Dr James was appointed as physician in medicine for the elderly in Exeter in 1997 and assumed responsibility for the Stroke Service. He is the clinical lead for the South West Stroke Research Network and the Peninsula Heart and Stroke Network. He is President of the British Association of Stroke Physicians and an Associate Director of the Stroke Programme at the Royal College of Physicians of London, with responsibility for the national Peer Review Scheme for Stroke Services.
His research interests include the physiology and management of blood pressure in the elderly and following acute stroke, and methods for improving the prevention of recurrent stroke.
Mrs Leigh Boxall - South West Stroke Research Network Interim Network Manager
Leigh is currently the Interim Network Manager for the South West Stroke Research Network.
Leigh worked as a neuro-physiotherapist before embarking on a career in clinical research and has worked on a variety of studies from hyper-acute phase II trials to long term complex rehabilitation studies. In 2010, Leigh and the team at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, received the Pharma-times Research Site of the Year award in recognition for their work in improving the care and recovery of Stroke patients.
Leigh completed an MSc. Clinical Research with Cranfield University in January 2011 and carried out a thesis to explore the barriers to recruitment within Stroke research.
Mrs Sam Keenan - South West Stroke Research Network Lead Practitioner
Sam qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2001 having trained at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. She started work as a Staff Nurse on the Acute Stroke Unit at the RD&E and also worked in neurology and general medicine. More recently Sam has worked at Budleigh Salterton community hospital, specifically in the East Devon Stroke Unit, and, more recently, as a Senior Stroke Research Practitioner with the Stroke Research Team at the RD&E. Sam is currently spliting her time between the Lead Practitioner role and the Senior Stroke Research Practitioner role.
Mrs Denise Button - South West Stroke Research Network Lead Practitioner
Having completed the BSc Life Sciences(Microbiology)/Nursing course at Liverpool University, Denise then worked clinically before moving into Nurse Education, undertaking a Masters in Nursing (Education) at Manchester University. She held various posts in nurse education in the Manchester area including Lecturer at Manchester University, where she undertook research into Continence Promotion in Primary Care. A move to Wiltshire led to a career break to raise her family and she worked part time, lecturing for the Open University. In 2009 she joined the Stroke Research Team at the Royal United Hospital in Bath where she was part of the team who were highly commended in the SRN team of the year award in 2012. She is also an NIHR GCP Facilitator and was seconded to the role of Lead Practitioner SWSRN in 2013.