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The Research and Development Team

Dr Tim Doulton
Art Atinou - Research and Development Manager

Dr Tim Doulton -  Director of Research and Development

Tim Doulton  have been a full-time NHS Consultant Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist) in Kent & Canterbury and William Harvey Hospitals since 2009 and Director of Research & Development for East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust since July 2012.

During his higher specialist training he undertook three years of research under Professor Graham MacGregor in the Blood Pressure Unit, St. George’s University of London and was awarded his MD in November 2007. My research areas included the role of sodium and the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in haemodialysis patients and Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) and dual-blockade of RAS.

Art Ationu – R&D Manager


Provides overall oversight of R&D activities and manages the service.

Dr. Art Ationu (BSc, MSC, PhD, MBS, CBiol, MIBiol, CSci, MICR, FIBMS) is a senior manager of Research & Development and  a Chartered Scientist. He is an outsource Consultant for the Medical Research Council (MRC) involved in the grant applications peer review process.  He is also a scientific peer reviewer and a Member of College of Experts for NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO) Commissioning Programme.  He is currently involved in the NIHR Leadership support and development programme, which is a development process for the R&D function within the NHS. He was previously the NIHR Research Support Services Champion for Kent and Medway. Before joining the Trust in 2001, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Kings College Hospital NHS Trust in London, working on translational, haematological, and cardiovascular research.  His Doctorate degree was followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management in the NHS. He has over 20 years' extensive experience in medical research, health services research, research methodologies, research management and governance, and has supervised  a number of post graduate students, as well as clinicians undertaking scientific laboratory training in bio-medical research.  He is responsible for heading up the R&D Department, and day-to-day management of R&D staff.  He is working with the R&D Team to develop research capacity and capability, and to develop high quality research governance and management system, and promote patient centred research. He is committed to embedding research into core Trust business. He has published over 50 original research papers and abstracts in high impact peer reviewed national and international journals. 

Sandie Tapsell

Sandra Tapsell – R&D Assistant


Provides advice and assistance to research applicants. Contact for Research

Passports/Letters of access. Supports R&D Manager and Research Governance Coordinator.

Sandra is the R&D Assistant and works alongside Joanne Pearson in acting as the first point of contact for researchers and clinicians, processing applications and dealing with incoming enquiries over the phone.  Her time is used predominantly in registering and processing new non-portfolio studies, amendments and other administration for the R&D Team. Prior to joining the R&D Team in 2007, she worked as a Resourcing Advisor within the Trust HR Department.

Jo Isaacs

Jo Isaacs – R&D Administrator


Point of contact for Clinicians and Researchers, communications, arranging all meetings, R&D Committee, Workshops and GCP Training (GCP facilitator). In addition, PA to R&D Director and R&D Manager.

“I began my career in the NHS in 2002 when I started as an apprentice in Medical Records.  In 2004 I became a Medical Secretary for the Health Care of Older people consultants where I worked for 10 years.  Also between 2005 and 2012 I worked 1 evening per week as a HCA in Contraceptive Services.  I joined the R&D team in September 2013.  My role within R&D involves being the first point of contact for researchers and clinicians and am always available to answer telephone enquiries and emails surrounding the applications’ paperwork

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