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Resources – Research Design Service Yorkshire and Humber


General Research Resources

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP): offers critical appraisal skills training, workshops and tools.
Cochrane Library: systematic reviews of primary research in health care and health policy.
Heath Research Authority (HRA): their remit is to promote and protect the interests of patients, streamline regulation and promote transparency in health and social care research.
James Lind Alliance: Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs) enable clinicians, patients and carers to work together to identify and prioritise uncertainties about the effects of treatments that could be answered by research.
Research Governance Framework: Department of Health: outlining the principles of good governance for research carried out in England.
ScHARR Health Utilities Database (ScHARRHUD): is a free, searchable web-based resource. The database holds bibliographic details of studies reporting health state utility values (HSUVs).
ScHARR open learning: ScHARR runs FREE open learning courses which anyone can register for. The courses take the form of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and are available via the Open University's Futurelearn website.
‘Searching the Qualitative Research Literature’ Vodcast
Claire Beecroft
Be Part of Research: information on what clinical trials are and how to make contact with researchers running trials in the UK
Top Tips: RDS YH have developed some ‘Top Tips’ for researchers
Impact glossary of terms: A resource developed by the RDS Impact Community to help explain some of the terminology used when discussing impact.
Research Design Service Research Impact Guide: A short and easy to use guide has been developed for RDS advisers to refer to when providing support
and guidance to clients on how they can introduce impact into the design of their research proposal.


NIHR website: National Institute for Health Research website
NIHR Business of Discovery Podcast Series A series of podcasts that aim to highlight various topics relevant to clinical research.
NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN): provides the infrastructure that allows high quality clinical research to take place in the NHS. CRN Yorkshire and Humber is hosted by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
NIHR Clinical Trials Guide with information to support individuals interested in pursuing a research career that involves the delivery of clinical trials.
NIHR Evidence: critically appraises the latest health research from both within the NIHR and other research organisations to identify the most reliable, relevant and significant findings.
NIHR Journals Library: five open access peer-reviewed journals reporting results from a range of health research areas.
NIHR School for Public Health Research: research reports and publications on public health research.
NIHR School for Social Care Research: information on social care research funded and commissioned with publications on social care methods and scoping reviews
RDS Blog: Monthly update from the Research Design Service, bringing you tips, insights and experiences of the funding application process.
RDS Resources: National RDS website with useful resources for researchers.


Clinical Research Office (CRO) Sheffield: provides assistance to researchers conducting clinical research in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield.
Clinical Trials Units (CTUs) are registered units that have expertise in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials and other studies.
• Leeds CTU
• York CTU
• Sheffield CTU
Medipex: a healthcare innovation hub for NHS organisations across the Yorkshire & Humber and East Midlands regions and industry and academia internationally.