The Team

The COVID NURSE team is a national collaboration between the universities of Exeter, Leicester, Nottingham, Southampton and King’s College London, as well as the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Trusts in Leeds, London and Nottingham, and with the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South West Peninsula.

Crucially, we also include patients in our team, so that we gain that all-important perspective from the people at the heart of everything we do.

Below are the members of our team

Chief Investigator:

Professor David Richards

Professor of Mental Health Services Research and Head of Nursing
University of Exeter


Professor GJ Melendez-Torres

Professor of Clinical and Social Epidemiology
University of Exeter


Professor Claire Hulme

Professor of Health Economics, Director Institute of Health Research
University of Exeter


Dr Jo Thompson Coon

Professor of Evidence Synthesis and Health Policy
University of Exeter


Dr Emma Cockcroft

Research Fellow
University of Exeter


Dr Anne-Marie Russell

Senior Lecturer
University of Exeter


Dr Holly Sugg

Lecturer for the Academy of Nursing (Education and Research)
University of Exeter


Susannah Tooze

Senior Lecturer
University of Exeter


Faye Doris

Independent Patient and Public Involvement


Dr Joanne Cooper

Assistant Director of Nursing (Research, Innovation and Professional Regulation)
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust


Dr Susanne Cruickshank

Strategic Lead for Applied Health Research
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


Professor Heather Iles-Smith

Chair of Nursing
Northern Care Alliance NHS Group and University of Salford


Professor Pip Logan

Professor of Rehabilitation Research, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
University of Nottingham


Professor Anne Marie Rafferty

Deputy Director & Professor of Nursing Policy
King’s College London – KCL research portal


Professor Maggie Shepherd

Honorary Clinical Professor
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust


Professor Sally Singh

Head of Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation
University of Leicester


Dr Stephen Wootton

Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition
University of Southampton