A White Rose University collaboration led by ScHARR will provide the Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service for the next five years

A White Rose university collaboration, led by a team in ScHARR, is to be one of the eight new Research Design Services which will form part of the support infrastructure of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The new Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (YHRDS) will be operational from October 2008, and will provide methodological advice to the NHS and health service researchers to increase the number and proportion of high quality funding applications for applied research. The YHRDS has a `hub and spoke´ structure which incorporates research expertise with sites at the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York, incorporating links to research capability at all three locations in clinical trials, health economics, information resources, statistics, older people, public health, qualitative methods and patient and public involvement, with additional expertise in cancer (Leeds, York), social policy (York, Sheffield), and emergency medicine (Sheffield).

For further information, contact: Jo Cooke, Director of Trent RDSU, tel: 0114 222 8362

email : Jo Cooke