Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Royal Preston Hospital

Serving a population of 1.5 million and providing a range of care in both a secondary and tertiary healthcare setting, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is well placed to make a real impact on the health of the region through evidence based practice.

The Trust benefits from its close proximity to a number of quality academic institutions as well as being a provider of a number of specialist services across the region.

Paediatric Research

Led by Dr Christian DeGoede (Consultant Paediatric Neurologist), the Paediatric Research Team at Lancashire Children’s Hospital is formed of two Clinical Fellows, a Paediatric Research Nurse and Paediatric Research Physiotherapist. Dr DeGoede’s special interest lies within the field of Neuromuscular conditions. However, the team is actively involved in research projects in all aspects of paediatric healthcare including safeguarding.

Experience of running trials

Current trials - Open trials include STRIDE, MD Exercise (qualitative study investigating barriers & facilitators to exercise for children with neuromuscular conditions), DMD rare diseases, SMA Reach, DMD Hydro.

Contact Information

Department Name
Paediatric Research
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NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility,
Royal Preston Hospital,
Avondale Unit, 
Sharoe Green Lane, 
Primary Phone Number
+441772 522246
Primary Email Address;
Primary Contact Person
Patients: Paula Sugden; Candiss Argent,;
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Current Trials:

Study Name Trial Status at Preston Overall Trial Status
Hydrotherapy in DMD Recruiting Recruiting

Contact Listing:

Christian is a consultant paediatric neurologist with a keen interest in research, working closely with local universities. He is the lead for paediatric neuromuscular service in Lancashire and South Cumbria. He has worked on a number of collaborations with MMU, looking at activity and pain in children and adults with muscular dystrophy.

Candiss is a Paediatric Research Physiotherapist with a background in community paediatric physiotherapy.  She has recently joined the research team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals to help set up and run Dr DeGoede’s DMD Hydro study.  Prior to that Candiss developed her specialist skills working for a children’s charity that provided assessments and treatments for children with complex needs, gaining post graduate qualifications in Bobath and Sensory Integration.  She then accepted an NHS post as a lead physiotherapist in a special school alongside holding a varied caseload in paediatrics, including respiratory.  She completed a secondment in Grand Cayman as a Locum Paediatric Physiotherapist before returning to her previous NHS post.  Candiss has always been keen to be involved in research and so found this research post at Royal Preston Hospital very exciting.  This interest started at University where she was a participant in an educational study and has continued since qualifying as she regularly consents to participate in studies that require physiotherapists to participate.

Paula works as a research nurse in the Child Health Department at Royal Preston Hospital. She has a wide role in the set up and management of research studies in children, and advocating research in our trust. She has been closely involved in the development and running of a trial looking at a new device to help children who wet the bed, and is about to start an exciting study looking at determinants of activity in children with muscle conditions.

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