Clinical Research Office. A partnership between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield

Combined Community & Acute Academic Care Group

This Care Group formed in Oct 2015 and was awarded Academic Care Group status in March 2016. The achievement in research capacity building and outcomes for the Directorate formally known as Professional Services was used as a spring board to spread good practice and embed research across Geriatric and Stroke Medicine (IGSM) (an admitting Directorate) and Integrated Community Care (ICC) and Primary Care & Interface Services (PC&IS) Directorates.  The Academic Care Group now has a fully functioning and sustained clinical academic infrastructure, including a growing Academic Board composed of a professoriate representing professions within the Care Group and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) that includes patients and carers with stroke (virtual panel), frail elderly (Community Elders Panel) who are housebound and a panel representing Therapeutics and Palliative Care. 

The research infrastructure aims to grow and support research activity and capability with the aim of increasing the research active workforce to 10% across the CCA Care Group (approximately 200 staff).
  1.  For more information about our research activity and future plans, please click here for the CCA Care Group Research Strategy 2018-2021.
  2.  The Annual Research Report 2018-19 outlines some of the particular highlights from the last twelve months, including a summary of the targets achieved for the year.
  3.  An Annual Map of relevant Funding Streams for the CCA Care Group has been developed to strategically plan workload and identify opportunities. Please click here to view the Funding Map.

Research Bulletins

The Combined Community & Acute Care Group produce regular Research Bulletins highlighting the latest news and updates from with the Care Group. Please click on one of the bulletings below to find out more: 


 CCA Research Bulletin February 2020


 CCA Research Bulletin October 2019
 CCA Research Bulletin July 2019
 CCA Research Bulletin April 2019
 CCA Research Bulletin January 2019


 CCA Research Bulletin October 2018
 CCA Research Bulletin July 2018
 CCA Research Bulletin April 2018
 CCA Research Bulletin January 2018


If you are interested in collaborating with us, or are simply interested in finding out more about the CCA Care Group Research Centre, you can contact us on the following e-mail address:

CCA Care Group Research Centre Main Contacts


Professor Mark Cobb is a Clinical Director and Head of Research for the Care Group.



Professor Sue Pownall is Research Lead for Therapeutics & Palliative Care Directorate and the Academic Director for the Care Group.  Her main research interests are in dysphagia.



Dr Ali Ali is a consultant in Geriatrics and Stroke Medicine and is Research Lead for the GSM Directorate. His research interests include health economics relating to stroke, exercise interventions for stroke prevention, hip fracture and bone density and gait.



Dr Lisa Farndon is a clinical research podiatrist and Research Lead for the ICC Directorates Her main research interests are around all aspects of podiatric practice.



Dr Sally Fowler-Davis is Research Development Officer for the Care Group and also works as a Clinical Academic from The Centre for Health and Social Care Research Sheffield Hallam University. 

She is available to advise on research projects, research career pathways and grant applications.

































Louise Patterson and Tom Almond are portfolio research co-ordinators and support researchers in opening their studies and help to monitor the progress of the studies until completion.

Anne Silvester (left) is PPI coordinator for the Community Elders panel, a group of patients based in their own homes. Jenni Crisp (middle) is PPI coordinator for Geriatric & Stroke Medicine & Carolyn Taylor (right) is PPI coordinator for the CCA Care Group Panel and manages the stroke database for PPI activity.