Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust clinical school

The clinical school is a partnership between Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Plymouth. It exists to promote evidence-based practice and to grow and nurture clinically-focused non-medical research that enhances patient care.

The aim of the clinical school is linking research with practice and to close the evidence-practice gap by bringing the university academic activities to the heart of clinical environments to increase quality of care to all patients and their families.

Our objectives:

  • Increasing research capacity, skills and outputs within nursing, midwifery and allied health professions.
  • Facilitating higher degree study, including research.
  • Offering support and guidance to nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to experience research in action.

Clinical School Leads

Workshops and events

Annual Clinical School Research conferences.

Workshop series on Writing for Publications (Carol-Ann Regan and Professor Jos Latour).

Workshop series on Psychosomatic and Emotional Intelligence (Leonard Daniels and Professor Jos Latour).

Current research studies

Developing and testing a Comfort Intervention for cancer patients receiving RadioTherapy: the CIRT study - Simon Goldsworthy, PhD candidate.

Effectiveness of virtual reality as a relaxation tool in pregnancy: a feasibility randomised controlled trial - Tessa Dean, midwife.


  • Dight C and Peters H: Sign up to Safety: developing a safety improvement plan. Nursing Management 2015;22(1):20-24.
  • Goldsworthy S, Roe B, McGrail S, Latour JM, Morgan K: Developing and implementing a radiotherapy research activity assessment tool. Radiotherapy and Oncology 2015;115;S397-S398.
  • Goldsworthy S, Mundy K, Latour JM: A focus group consultation round exploring patient experiences of comfort during radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice 2016;15(2):143-149.
  • Goldsworthy S, Leslie-Dakers M, Higgins S, Barnes T, Jankowska P, Latour JM: A pilot study evaluating the effectiveness of dual registration image guided radiotherapy in patients with oropharyngeal cancer. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences 2017;48(4):377-384.

Professor Jos Latour

From a research point of view, it is fantastic to work clinically with colleagues. We have so many areas where we can make a difference and collaboratively work to improve the care of our patients and their families.

Professor in Clinical Nursing

Find out more about Jos