Nursing team

The centre’s nursing team care for research participants, facilitating and conducting research procedures for studies looking into respiratory diseases or conditions.


Laura Presland, senior respiratory research sister

Laura is an experienced research nurse who leads research nursing for the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre.

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Respiratory and nutrition care specialists

The centre’s nursing team care for research participants, facilitating and conducting research procedures for studies looking into diseases or conditions. The team pride themselves in providing a welcoming approach and the highest standards of care, catering for all the participants’ needs.

Through this work they provide regular specialist care for patients with various respiratory conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, cystic fibrosis and interstitial lung disease, as well as supporting nutrition research studies.

Well trained, for quality care and research

The team have training in care for specific respiratory conditions conducting specialist breathing tests. This ensures that the participants receive the highest standard of care possible, and that the research results are reliable and of high quality.

Collaborative working

The team work under the umbrella of the Southampton Centre for Biomedical Research, working closely with doctors and scientists within the centre, and the NIHR Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility team.

The nurses have good relations with other departments, clinical teams and wards throughout the hospital, collaborating particularly closely with those caring for patients with lung conditions.

Working at three key stages

  • Study design: advising researchers on how the study should be delivered, and on writing patient information sheets to ensure they are understandable.
  • Study set up: making sure all equipment and consumables are ready for the study, planning the day-to day running of the study and actively involving participants, ethically and appropriately.
  • Study delivery: organising patient visits ensuring comfort and care, running clinical sessions smoothly, conducting all tests required as part of the study and liaising with the researchers throughout.

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