NHS Fife Local Infrastructure

NHS Fife has recently integrated Innovation into its well established Research & Development (R&D) Department. R&D, led by the Assistant R&D Director, is supported by the extensive R&D team. Innovation is headed up locally by the Innovation Champion, supported by an Innovation Support post and centrally by the South East Scotland Innovation Network.

R&D and Innovation activities are overseen by the NHS Fife RD&I Director, with the Board Medical Director acting as the RD&I Lead. Both R&D and Innovation are located in Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline.

Meet the Team

Amanda Wood

Interim Innovation Champion, NHS Fife

As Assistant R&D Director, Amanda has headed up the Research & Development (R&D) Department in NHS Fife for the last 17 years. She has been responsible for ensuring the delivery of effective systems of research management and governance, developing and implementing strategies for both commercial and non commercial research, and Intellectual Property.  During this time the R&D team has grown from 2 to 31.

Focussing on developing Fife’s research agenda, by maximising capacity and capability, she has implemented a range of innovative initiatives, such as an extensive R&D Education Programme and creation of a Clinical Research Facility.  Amanda works closely with local community partners, HEIs and research networks and has overseen a doubling of ongoing research, and trebling of research active staff.

With a varied career, this accomplished researcher has scientific publications and a background in biological research, education and communication.  Previous posts have included establishing an Editing and Proof-reading Business and Head of the Education, Interpretation and Environmental Department of a leading commercial company in the leisure industry.

Professor Alex Baldacchino

Professor in Medicine, Psychiatry and Addictions

Professor Baldacchino is Professor in Medicine, Psychiatry and Addictions at the St Andrews University in Scotland. He was awarded membership with the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) in 1994, Fellowship with the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych) in 2007 and Fellow with the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) (FRCPE) in 2017.

Since 2001 he has, alongside his academic career, also worked with NHS Scotland as a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director in Addiction Medicine and in 2015 NHS Fife Research and Development (R&D) Director. He is President Elect and Executive Board Member for the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM).

His research portfolio have a common thread of understanding the comorbid conditions (physical and psychological) arising as a result of chronic abuse of pharmacological agents with dependence potential especially opioids, nicotine and alcohol. He has around 150 peer reviewed publications

Linzi Wilson

Interim Innovation Support, NHS Fife

Linzi has worked in the NHS for 10 years in various departments including Out-patients, Multiple Sclerosis – Disease Modifying Treatments, and Research and Development (R&D). Having worked in R&D for 4 years, Linzi has experience in clinical research ranging from study set up to participant involvement. She has recently been appointed as R&D Approvals Assistant and is delighted to be working in the area of innovation as Innovations Support.

Linzi’s background is in film and marketing and she has extensive knowledge and experience in PR, marketing, festivals and entertainment.