Wendy Baird
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.
Jill Carlton
0114 222 0799
Senior Research Fellow
Jill joined ScHARR as a research associate in 2005. She trained as an orthoptist at University of Sheffield, and has worked in both Leicester and Sheffield. Jill's experiences as a health care professional led to an interest in evidence-based medicine and a secondment to a research study based at ScHARR investigating the impact of age-related macular degeneration upon quality of life. Her research interests are health-related quality of life and patient outcome measures. In 2006 Jill was awarded a fellowship (Researcher Development Award) through the National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development, NCCRCD).
Lizzie Coates
0114 222 0886
Research Associate/Trial Manager
Lizzie Coates 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 the manager of the NIHR funded DAFNEplus Programme Grant and has experience of managing a range of different research studies in academia and government. Lizzie's research interests include research utilisation in policy and practice, qualitative research methodology, process evaluation and healthcare technology.
Liz Croot
0114 222 1725
Senior Research Fellow
Liz joined the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield as a research fellow in 2001. She completed a qualitative PhD about the experiences of Pakistani parents living in Sheffield and caring for children with high support needs in 2005. This was funded by an NHS Executive (Trent) Health Services Research Training Fellowship. Liz is now also deputy director of the medical care research unit and programme lead for the Masters in Clinical Research. Prior to this Liz worked as a paediatric physiotherapist specialising in work with children with learning disabilities for 12 years.
Jane Fearnside
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.
SamairaSamaira Khan
0114 222 0777
Public Involvement Lead
Samaira is the Public Involvement Lead for NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and the Humber. Having worked for the Research Design Service in Yorkshire and Humber for over four years Samaira has a pool of experience in Public Involvement. This includes providing advice on embedding meaningful Public Involvement throughout research applications and working collaboratively with members of the public on various different projects both locally and regionally. Samaira also chairs the RDS YH Public Involvement Forum and is a member of the Regional Public Involvement Group for Yorkshire and the Humber. Samaira has a background in working with children and young people and is particularly interested in inclusive, diverse public involvement.
paisleySuzy Paisley
Senior Research Fellow and Head of Information Resource Group
Suzy joined ScHARR Information Resources at its inception in 1994. In 2000 she was seconded to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), as a Technical Lead in the Appraisals Team. Suzy returned to ScHARR as Managing Director of the Technology Assessment Reviews (TARs) programme funded UK NHS HTA Programme. In 2003 she was awarded a UK Department of Health fellowship looking at the retrieval and use of evidence in decision-analytic models of cost-effectiveness.
In 2009 she became Head of the ScHARR Information Resources Group (IRG) leading the Group's research and teaching activities and managing the information service for ScHARR staff and students and for NHS staff through the Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (RDS).
Anthea Sutton
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 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
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
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
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
0114 222 0837
Senior Research Fellow - Health Economics
Tracey has been a member of the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield since 2004. She has extensive experience in health economics, research methods and the design of quality of life measures for use in economic evaluations. Her recent research has included an investigation into the long term impact of serious accidental injuries on health.
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