the EMROX team

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Dr Melanie Darwent

Emergency Department Research Lead


Melanie is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Oxford University NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust and has been research lead for the department for a number of years, during which time the scope of ED research has expanded to include a multitude of national and international studies

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Sally Beer

Lead Research Nurse     


Sally started her nursing career in South Africa, and moved to the UK in 1999.      

She has worked predominantly in Critical Care and Emergency environments, before moving into research in the Emergency Department in 2011.  Her first experience of research was consenting and recruiting patients into the double-blind, randomised controlled trial of Ipratropium Bromide, in the Casualty of Groote Schuur Hospital in 1986.      


The research portfolio in the Department has grown from one study, to a current portfolio of 10 studies, with 25 completed studies, and some ‘home-grown’ studies in development.

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Alexis Espinosa

Research Nurse     


Alexis completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the Philippines and was awarded Clinical Excellence in Nursing.        


She joined the Oxford University NHSFT in 2002.        


In 2013 she joined the Emergency Department Research Team. Since then, she has earned her Postgraduate Diploma in Health Care and Research Management from Oxford Brookes University.

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Domonique Georgiou

Research Nurse


Domonique attained her Adult Nursing BSc from Surrey University in 2011. 


She achieved a graduate certificate in Emergency Nursing in 2014.  Currently, she has a dual role as a research and staff nurse in the Emergency Department. Since joining the EMRox team in 2015 Domonique has completed courses in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research and masters modules in Planning and Managing Clinical Trials. 


This year she hopes to continue her studies by focussing on qualitative research methods.

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Louise Findlay

Research Nurse


Louise completed her adult nurse training at Nottingham University in 2006. She has enjoyed working in critical care units and as an endocrine specialise nurse, before beginning a research nurse role within the EMROX team in 2016.   Louise has achieved a Critical Care Certificate and a Planning and Managing Clinical Trials module.  She will soon be completing an Introduction to Qualitative Research course to help develop future research in the department.

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Holly Coles

Research Nurse


Holly qualified as a nurse in 2011, and began her career at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust on the Coronary Care Unit, where she progressed to Senior Staff Nurse. She obtained a certificate in advanced ECG interpretation and National Resus Council Advanced Life Support provider status.  


After moving to Oxford 2012 she came to Oxford University Hospital NHS trust to work on CTCCU, and then to EAU, where she became a Junior Sister. Holly came to ED research in May 2016, and has been involved in a wide range of studies. She has participated in a 6 month secondment tosupport some key NIHR  CRN surgical studies, and successfully completed to close out a commercial ENT study. She is currently key contact for Crash 3, LEAK and POEM. 


Holly will be on maternity leave from March 2018, returning January 2019.

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Jose Martinez

Research Nurse     


Jose acquired his nursing qualifications from Balearic Islands University in 2012.         


That same year he moved to the UK where he has worked as a senior nurse in a nursing home, EAU and ED in the JR Hospital.        


Jose joined the ED Research Team in September 2016. He is the main contact for the GPED study and is currently running a trial on head immobilisation blocks in major trauma patients.

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