Accessibility statement

Adwoa Parker
NIHR Advanced Fellow and Assistant Professor



Adwoa Parker (née Hughes-Morley) is an NIHR Advanced Fellow and Assistant Professor. She leads the Trial Forge Studies Within A Trial (SWAT) Centre, which is focused on improving the efficiency of trials using ‘Studies Within A Trial’ (SWATs), which are self-contained studies embedded within an ongoing trial that aim to establish evidence to improve the management and delivery of trials.

Adwoa’s Advanced Fellowship, ‘IMPLEMENT SWATs’, funded from 2022-2032, aims to use implementation science and SWATs to improve evidence-informed participant recruitment and retention in trials.

From 2012-2016 Adwoa held an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship that explored methods to develop and evaluate interventions to improve participant recruitment into mental health trials.

She was the co-investigator on PROMETHEUS, which was a major national programme of research funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) from 2018-2021 to facilitate the routine embedding of a recruitment or retention SWAT in ongoing randomised controlled trials.

Adwoa is currently a co-investigator on ACTIVE, which aims to investigate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of internal plate fixation versus external fine wire fixation for the management of Type C, closed pilon fractures of the distal tibia.

She has led on TRIALISt, which aimed to develop a training programme for staff to improve recruitment into RCTs.

Adwoa was previously Public Involvement Lead for the York hub of the NIHR Research Design Service Yorkshire and Humber.

Adwoa is happy to supervise MSc and PhD students and welcomes enquiries from potential students on projects in her areas of interest (for her areas of interest, please go to her Research page).


  • PhD Medicine (University of Manchester)
  • PGCert Primary Care Mental Health (University of York)
  • BSc (Hons) Health Sciences (University of York)

Departmental roles



Adwoa has research interests in the following clinical and methodological areas:

  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Recruitment and retention of participants into trials
  • Reducing research waste
  • Studies Within A Trial (SWAT)
  • Implementation science
  • Patient and public involvement in research
  • Qualitative research in the context of trials
  • Mental health


Completed projects

Research group(s)

External activities




Editorial duties

Invited talks and conferences

  • Parker, A. (2019). Reducing research waste: how Studies Within a Trial (SWATs) can improve the evidence base for doing trials better. NIHR Head office, Southampton
  • Treweek, S., & Parker, A. (2018). Study Within A Trial (SWAT) to increase the evidence base for trial recruitment and retention decision making. UK Trial Managers Network Annual Meeting, London
  • Parker, A., (2017). Quantitative Research Methods and the NIHR Research Design Service. Newcastle Hospital
  • Hughes-Morley, A., (2016). Connect project, systematic review research stream: an overview. Police Knowledge Fund Workshop, University of York
  • Torgerson, D.J., and Hughes-Morley, A., (2016). The need to undertake embedded recruitment and retention trials. University of Oxford Hughes-Morley, A., (2016). Trials, recruitment and mental health. University of York
  • Hughes-Morley, A., (2016). Publishing as a PhD Student. The University of York
  • Hughes-Morley, A., (2015). Improving trial recruitment by developing an evidence base. Grünenthal GmBH, Aachen, Germany
  • Hughes-Morley, A., (2015). Factors affecting recruitment into depression trials: systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative evidence. University of Manchester. Qualitative Synthesis Network
  • Hughes-Morley, A., (2014). Recruiting to mental health trials: how can we make it evidence-based? 8th Annual Optimizing Clinical Trials Summit. Barcelona, Spain. Allan Lloyds
  • Hughes-Morley, A., (2013). What are effective methods to recruit research participants into mental health trials? The University of Liverpool
  • Hughes-Morley, A., (2013). What are effective methods to recruit research participants into mental health trials? The University of Manchester

Adwoa Hughes-Morley

Contact details

Dr Adwoa Parker
NIHR Advanced Fellow and Assistant Professor

Tel: 01904 32(1671)