Meet the Team


South Gloucestershire Medical Research Unit

Dr Sam Davies

I am an experienced Principal Investigator and the lead research doctor at the Medical Research Unit, and have been PI in over 30 commercial studies and 40 university sponsored studies.

I am passionate about research in a General Practice setting and have an interest in all studies investigating General Practice-related medications or conditions. We have a wide range of studies looking at all sorts of conditions at any one time.

I won the national RCGP/NIHR Award for excellence in October 2016. I regularly update my Good Clinical Practice training and oversee the research-related training of our team.

I am supported by two excellent research nurses, who undertake the patient study visits and respond to queries, a research administrator, and a team of doctors who are involved in helping both as sub-investigators and in identifying eligible patients for the studies we run.

Please feel free to contact me via the links below if you have any queries about our involvement in the research studies.

Nicola White

Since qualifying as a nurse, I have worked on a range of medical wards at Southmead hospital.

I have always been interested in working in research. Prior to completing my nursing degree, I undertook a psychology degree, so have learnt a lot about research!

Clinical research is so interesting, and forms the basis of everything we do in healthcare.

To be a part of research within a primary care setting means we see a wide variety of trials, covering many aspects of health.

Jenny Thomas

I have worked as a Research Nurse for over 18 years in secondary and now primary care. I have worked on a wide range of both commercial and academic studies covering different specialties.

I really enjoy working in research, getting to know patients and supporting them throughout their research journey.

It is great to see when practices and treatment change for the better as a result of research.


Alison Williams

Having worked as an accomplished P.A. for the Prison Service, I provide a confidential and professional administrative service for the Research Team.

I can see the value, and importance of health research, how it can provide key information about disease trends and risk factors, outcomes of treatment or public health interventions, all so very significant to improve the lives of our patients.