Sheffield

Wendy Baird
w.o.baird@sheffield.ac.uk
0114 222 0819
RDS YH Director
Wendy is the Director of the NIHR RDS for Yorkshire & the Humber as well as a Professor of Health Services Research at ScHARR, University of Sheffield. Her research has largely been related to assessment of health care needs in people with a disability with particular emphasis on oral health, multiple sclerosis and older people in rural areas. Most recently her research portfolio has been in the field of multiple sclerosis around the establishment of a population based register of people with MS in the UK.
Christian Blickem
c.blickem@sheffield.ac.uk
0114 222 2979
Research Fellow
Christian joined the NIHR RDS for Yorkshire and Humber as a Research Fellow in January 2019. Christian has previously worked at Manchester University, LJMU and UEA and his research interests have focused on health inequalities and broadening the scope of self-management support to improve the health and wellbeing of people who live in challenging circumstances.
Christian has led a number of research projects including the NIHR CLAHRC BRIGHT trial which evaluated a social network intervention (PLANS) which found significant health improvements for people with chronic kidney disease who received the intervention.
Christian has expertise in self-management of chronic conditions, healthcare interventions and qualitative research methods. Christian has authored a number of articles published in international journals.
Jill Carlton
j.carlton@sheffield.ac.uk
0114 222 0799
Senior Research Fellow
Jill is the Regional Fellowships Adviser for RDS YH. She helps support people who are considering applying for Fellowship funding, and works with them to maximise the potential for them to be short-listed for interview. Jill tries to think like a reviewer, and identify all the potential “pitfalls” to a study, and help applicants address these when planning their application. Her research interests are quality of life and patient reported outcome measures (PROs). Jill have experience in mixed-methods research in developing and refining PROs. She is a previous NIHR Fellow and realises first-hand what a wonderful opportunity fellowships are.
Lizzie Coates
e.coates@sheffield.ac.uk
0114 222 0886
Research Associate/Trial Manager
Lizzie is a Generalist Adviser in the Research Design Service for Yorkshire and Humber. Based at the University of Sheffield, Lizzie joined the School of Health and Related Research in 2012 following completion of her PhD and subsequent work as a researcher in central government. Lizzie is currently working as qualitative researcher on a number of NIHR funded studies, and has experience of a range of studies in academia and government. Lizzie's research interests include knowledge mobilisation, using qualitative research to develop and evaluate complex interventions and healthcare technology.
Liz Croot
l.croot@sheffield.ac.uk
0114 222 1725
Senior Research Fellow
Liz joined the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield in 2001. She is now a senior research fellow and deputy director of the Medical Care Research Unit, she is also programme lead for the Masters in Clinical Research. Liz’s research expertise lies in qualitative methodology, participatory and user centred research, applied research in intellectual disabilities and complex intervention development and evaluation. In 2005 Liz completed a qualitative PhD funded by a Health Services Research Training Fellowship. ScHARR. Liz has a background in paediatric physiotherapy.
Jane Fearnside
j.fearnside@sheffield.ac.uk
0114 222 4384
RDS Sheffield Manager
Jane joined ScHARR as a Research Fellow in May 2013 and her current position is Manager for the Sheffield spoke of the NIHR Research Design Service Yorkshire and Humber (RDS YH). Jane offers generalist advice and support to researchers to 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. Her previous role was a post-doctoral researcher at The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford investigating the genetics of diet-induced insulin resistance. Previous research has included working on the Biological Atlas of Insulin Resistance (BAIR), an International Consortium set up to characterise the molecular basis of insulin action and insulin resistance.
Laura Flight
l.flight@sheffield.ac.uk
0114 222 0698
Research Fellow
Laura joined the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield in 2013 as a Medical Statistician. In 2016 Laura was awarded an NIHR Doctoral Fellowship exploring the use of health economics in the design, monitoring and analysis of adaptive clinical trials. Her research interests are in clinical trial methodology and the use of health economics and statistics in health research. Within the RDS, Laura offers statistics advice.
SamairaSamaira Khan
samaira.khan@sheffield.ac.uk
0114 222 0777
Public Involvement Lead
Samaira is the strategic Public Involvement Lead for NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber. Samaira offers specialist public involvement advice for researchers on embedding meaningful Public Involvement throughout research applications. As the strategic lead Samaira chairs the RDS YH Public Involvement Forum and the Public Involvement Funding panel, she is also a member of the YH Public Involvement Regional Network. Samaira was seconded to INVOLVE for two days a week in 2017 supporting the RDS INVOLVE partnership, helping to build regional networks and implementing national initiatives. She is currently conducting independent research on public involvement in methodological studies and has a particular interest in inclusive, diverse public involvement.
Anthea Sutton
a.sutton@sheffield.ac.uk
0114 222 0775
Information Resources Group Manager
Anthea is the ScHARR Information Resources Group Manager and a senior information specialist, with extensive experience of literature searching and information management for systematic reviews and other types of evidence syntheses. Anthea is an RDS adviser and can offer guidance on scoping the literature and systematic search methods for all review types. Anthea is the joint lead of a module on systematically reviewing the research literature for postgraduate students, and the joint author of the textbook “Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review” 2nd Edition published by Sage in 2016. Anthea is also the Reviews Editor for Health Information and Libraries Journal.
Allan Wailoo
a.j.wailoo@sheffield.ac.uk
0114 222 0729
Professor of Health Economics & Decision Science
Allan Wailoo has worked in Health Economics in ScHARR since September 2000. His research interests are: Cost effectiveness modelling, value of information methods, equity and procedural justice in health and economics of wellbeing and happiness.
Nikki Totton
n.v.totton@sheffield.ac.uk
0114 222 5450
Medical Statistician
Nikki is a clinical trial statistician who began her career at Bangor University before moving over to The University of Sheffield in 2017. She has worked on a broad range of trials and is experienced in the design and analysis of randomised clinical trials but also has been involved with other study designs. Within the RDS, Nikki offers general study design advice as well as advice on specific statistical aspects such as sample size calculations and proposed analysis methods. She is currently conducting independent research into the design of pilot and feasibility studies, sample size calculations for ANCOVA models and multi-arm studies and the design of benefit-risk trade-off studies.
Alex Wilkinson
alex.wilkinson@sheffield.ac.uk
0114 222 7447
Translational Research Project Manager
Alex Wilkinson joined The University of Sheffield Research Services department in 2015 having spent 10 years in the clinical research and healthcare industry managing and supporting clinical trials from phases 1 through to 3. During this time Alex has held a variety of different positions including radiation protection and project management in specialisms including biomarker analysis and central laboratory, data management and data analysis with reporting, and clinical operations. Alex's supports new healthcare innovation development and is the project manager on a number of NIHR and MRC funded projects.
Tracey Young
t.a.young@sheffield.ac.uk
0114 222 0837
Senior Research Fellow - Health Economics
Tracey has been an adviser for the RDS in Sheffield since its inception. She provides generalist advice and specialist advice in health economic study design and analysis. Tracey has over 20 years’ experience in health services research and has work in both trials and observational studies and has experience in the design of quality of life measures. She is interested in methodological issues in health economics and quality of life. Most recently her research portfolio has included: haemodialysis, early onset Huntington’s disease and alcohol treatment centres.
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