Meet The Team

Members of the R&D team

Research Lead

Dr Helen Matthews

Dr Helen Matthews

Helen Matthews was appointed as a Gastroenterology & Hepatology Consultant to Kingston Hospital in April 2014. She studied medicine at Cambridge University and Oxford University. She completed her training in gastroenterology and hepatology working at several trusts in North and South London including Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, St George’s and Imperial NHS Trust. She has been awarded a number of academic prizes, including a Foundation Scholarship from Cambridge University and a Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship for her research work in non alcoholic fatty liver disease at Imperial. She is an accredited Bowelscope endoscopist and participates in bowel cancer screening at St George’s Hospital. She regularly teaches on the National Endoscopy Training Courses. She is also the Research & Development Lead for Kingston Hospital.

R&D Coordinator

Jennifer Crooks

Jenny Crooks Web

Jenny has been conducting research for a number of years in a variety of specialities including Huntington’s Disease and Paediatric Rheumatology. As the commercial development officer at University Hospital of North staffs she was also successful in increasing the commercial research portfolio across the trust. Jenny was appointed as the Research and Development Coordinator in November 2015 to increase the research portfolio at Kingston Hospital.


Telephone: 0208 546 7711 ext. 3824

Research and Clinical Audit Team Administrator

Tracey O'Brien


I’ve been working in Kingston Hospital since January 2016 as a Team Administrator for the Research & Development and the Clinical Audit Team. I split half my time between the two departments, which I have really enjoyed and I have learnt tremendous amount. With regards to the Research Team I provide administrative support, and enter data collected into study related databases. I also help the clinicians and the research team in identifying patients that may be suitable for individual studies. Furthermore I coordinate the International Clinical Trials day held once a year and support the setup of the R&D stand at the hospital open day. My particular area of interests in Research is Mental Health, Alzheimer’s and Paediatrics. I have five years’ experience in a NHS Setting, graduate with a Psychology degree in 2010 and volunteered in the Alzheimer’s Society for a year in 2015. If you have queries I am more than happy to help.

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Phone Number - 0208 934 2582

South West Cluster office

Natalie McCarthy


Industry and RM&G Manager. Provides support for R&D governance checks, contract negotiation, as well the process for R&D permissions for new studies. If you would like to learn about other research opportunities please contact the South West Cluster Office and address your email to Natalie.


020 7188 7188 – ext 53527

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