Professor Wendy Baird BSc Hons (London), PhD (London), MSc (Leicester)

Director of NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber

Faculty Director Research and Innovation

Professor of Health Services Research

NIHR RDS YHwendybaird
Design, Trials & Statistics
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office: Room 2.08, 2nd Floor, Innovation Building

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 0819
Fax: +44 (0) 114 272 4095



I am currently Director of NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber (RDSYH) based at ScHARR. After graduating in Biology and completing my PhD in Environmental Health Sciences at King’s College London I worked at the University of Leicester.

I undertook further training in applied health research during NHS Executive Training Fellowship at Leicester. I joined Trent RDSU at ScHARR in 2003 to support the development of research capacity in the NHS staff.

The remit of NIHR RDS is to support researchers develop and design high quality research proposals for submission to the NIHR and other national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.

Research Interests

Research interest focuses on inequalities in health and access to health services for both those with chronic disabling diseases and those who are socially excluded from care.

• Health inequalities
• Health Services Research and Technology Assessment.
• Public and patient involvement in research

Professional Activities

• Director NIHR RDSYH
• Faculty Director for Research and Innovation
• Member NIHR PPI Senior Leadership Team
• Member NIHR INVOLVE Executive
• Chair NIHR RDS Public Involvement Community
• Chair NIHR HTA DISC Trial Steering Committee
• Chair NIHR HTA SWIFT Trial Steering Committee

Current Projects

McDermott C, White D, Halliday V, Marsden G, Coates E, Starvoulakis T, Young T, Baird W, White S, Al-Chalabi A, Cooper C, Cade J, Turner M, Shaw P, Norman P, Bradburn M. A programme to develop and evaluate a complex intervention to achieve a high calorie diet for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (HighCALS). (2018-2024) NIHR PGfAR

NIHR INVOLVE Coordinating Centre. (2016-2020)

Heller S, Cohen J, Brennan A, Baird W, Lawton J, Yardley L, Campbell M, Elliot J, Thompson G, Hopkins D, Mansell P, Cooke D, Taylor C, Michie S, Fisher S, Amiel S. Developing and trialing the DAFNEplus (Dose for Adjustment for Normal Eating) intervention. A lifelong approach to promote effective self-management in adults with type 1 diabetes. (2015-2021) NIHR PGfAR

Baird WO, Dixon S, Brown J, Torgerson D, Walters S, Birks Y, Twiddy M, Boote J, Hulme C, Richardson G, Young TA, Wailoo A. (2013 - 2018) NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service. £5,250,000


Wendy Baird is based in the Design, Trials and Statistics Section

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers