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Ms Kate Martinson BA, MSc

Programme Manager

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Ms Kate Rumsby Martinson is a Programme Manager in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.

My 16 years’ experience in facilitating and managing research in primary care research helps me to optimise trial design from the outset of a study.

Kate has been involved in primary care research since 2000, when she joined the department to work for Professor Paul Little on the Acute Cough Trial (ACT).

Between 2005 and 2010 Kate was Research Programme Manager for the Wessex Research Practices Collaboration, a small network of our most research-active surgeries. Facilitating academic and commercial research on the ground, across a broad range of disciplines and within a variety of settings, gave her invaluable experience of the challenges clinicians face in conducting research and Kate uses this insight to improve study design from the outset.

Kate completed an MSc in Health Care Research at the University of Portsmouth in 2008. Her dissertation consisted of an analysis of the demographic and clinical variances between people who participate in research and those who choose to opt out. She also successfully competed for a small project grant from the Wessex RCGP which enabled this research to take place.

Kate returned to the University in 2010, and has worked on several multi-centre studies in the field of infections and antibiotic prescribing. These studies included point-of-care tests, diagnostic algorithms and randomised controlled trials. She is currently managing the BATHE study (Bath Additives for the Treatment of cHildhood Eczema), which is an HTA-funded multi-centre trial investigating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of bath emollients for childhood eczema.


BA (Hons), English Literature & Language, Art & Design, Edge Hill University (1989)

MSc, Evidence-Based Health Care, University of Portsmouth (2008)

Appointments held

2020 to date: Trial Manager: RECUR (Reducing common infections in usual practice for recurrent respiratory tract infections)

2014 to 2019: Trial Manager: BATHE (Bath Additives for the Treatment of cHildood Eczema

2010-2014: Trial Coordinator: DUTY (Diagnosis of UTI in Young children), POETiC (Point-of-carE Testing for urinary tract infection in primary Care , TOAST (Treatment Options without Antibiotics for Sore Throat, OSAC (Oral Steroids for Acute Cough)

2005-2010: Research Programme Manager, Wessex Research Practices Collaboration

2003-2005: Trial Manager: ASCoT (Acute Sinusitis Controlled Trial) , Data Manager, UTIS (UTI Study)

2000-2003: Research Assistant, ACT (Acute Cough Trial)

Research interests

Bath emollients are commonly prescribed for the treatment of eczema, however there is little evidence that they provide any benefit. Adding emollients to bath water can cause accidents by making surfaces more slippery and it is possible that parents who use bathe emollients may pay less attention to applying cream regularly, which is a treatment known to work.

The BATHE study is recruiting 491 children aged 1-11 with an itchy skin condition who will be randomised to receive either usual care without bath emollient or usual care with bath emollient. Symptom diaries and quality of life questionnaires will capture the child’s wellbeing over the course of one year. Patient records will also inform a health economic analysis.

BATHE is funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme and will report in 2018.

For more information visit BATHE website

Please visit the Primary Care website

Research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Affiliate research group

Research project(s)

BATHE Bath additives in the treatment of childhood eczema

Reducing common infections in usual practice for recurrent respiratory tract infections: The RECUR Programme

  • Feasibility and trial methodolog
  • Design of trial materials
  • Budgeting and finance
  • Research governance
  • Recruitment and supervision of study personnel
  • Recruitment and retention of trial participants
  • Digital data capture
  • Data management
  • Research site identification and training
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Presentations and preparation of publications
Ms Kate Martinson
Primary Care and Population Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
University of Southampton
Aldermoor Health Centre
Aldermoor Close
SO16 5ST


Room Number : 9590 AHC/118/S2

Facsimile: 8070 1125

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