Christine McGrath, director of research and development for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Christine is the director of research and development at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.                                       

Email: christine.mcgrath@uhs.nhs.ukChristine photo website 2

Strategic leadership

Christine provides leadership in developing and executing the Trust’s vision for research, drawing on her expertise in R&D strategy, policy, funding and governance to deliver high quality research for the benefit of patients and the public.

Her time at Southampton has seen a four-fold increase in the Trust’s research income, the establishment of senior research leads across our clinical divisions and implementation of core teams and posts that have delivered year-on-year increases in research volume and efficiency. These impacts and UHS’s 2013 Health Services Journal award for progressive research indicate the scale of the culture change that Christine has fostered in Southampton, driven onwards through the UHS 2017-2022 R&D strategy.

National leadership and industry engagement

Christine is active in developing national partnerships, collaborations and debate focussed on faster, easier research embedded in the NHS, working extensively with the National Institute of Health Research, NHS R&D Forum, the Department of Health and Royal Colleges.

In 2017 Christine was appointed to the UK Government’s Ministerial Industry Steering Group for commercial research working group, contributing her experience and knowledge from career-long leadership in this field.  


Christine joined Southampton in 2006, a key part of the Trust’s newly established 2020 vision to become a world class clinical academic centre of excellence. Her role on the Joint Research Strategy Board and in key University of Southampton strategic bodies has been critical to ensuring alignment and growth of clinical and academic research in Southampton.

Dedicated to ensuring that clinical research thrives in the NHS, UK academic and industry sectors, Christine moved into research management in 2003 following a career in research nursing, completing her Masters by Research with the University of Bristol.