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Sheffield – Research Design Service Yorkshire and Humber


Sheffield advisers

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.
Abu Alshreef
0114 222 0673
Research Fellow
Abu is a Research Fellow in Health Economics and Decision Modelling and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow. He joined ScHARR (HEDS) as a Research Associate in Health Economics and Decision Modelling in December 2014 after completing an MSc in Health Economics at the University of York. Abu has recently undertaken a PhD research project to develop a methodological framework to account for the impact of non-adherence on the cost-effectiveness of prescribed chronic medications. Since joining ScHARR Abu has worked on a range of research and consultancy projects, focussing on economic evaluation and related methodological research. He has worked on several projects including economic evaluations alongside clinical trials, cost-effectiveness modelling studies, a review of economic submissions to the NICE Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme and a methodological project on developing decision-making frameworks for NICE Technology Appraisal committees.
Jill Carlton
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.
Sharon Caunt
0114 222 2979
Research Coordinator
Sharon is an adviser for the NIHR RDS YH providing generalist advice and support to researchers on applications for research funding. She worked within a Clinical Research Organisation performing Phase I and II scintigraphic trials before completing her PhD and post-doctoral research in molecular oncology at Sheffield Hallam University. Since 2012, she has been the Research Coordinator for the Academic Directorate of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where she develops and manages their research portfolio including NIHR funded projects; she also provides regulatory and governance support to designated researchers, and coordinates their Patient and Public Involvement panel.
Lizzie Coates
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.
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.
Laura Flight
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.
Alexis Foster
0114 222 6129
Research Fellow
Prior to becoming a researcher, Alexis worked in third sector organisations and in public health roles. She is a mixed methods researcher with almost ten years of experience. She has worked on trials, secondary data analysis, qualitative studies, service evaluations, participatory research and different types of systematic reviews. Alexis' research interests include third sector organisations, wellbeing and loneliness interventions and psychosocial interventions for longer-term conditions. She has recently competed a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship exploring the implementation of outcome measures in wellbeing activities. The work included developing a toolkit for third sector organisations and commissioners. Alexis is passionate about ensuring patient and public involvement is integrated into the development and delivery of studies.
SamairaSamaira Khan
0114 222 0777
Public Involvement Lead *Currently on maternity leave*
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.
Lucy Musson
Public Involvement Lead
Lucy is the Public Involvement Lead for the NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and Humber (RDS YH). She joined the RDS in December 2020, providing maternity cover for Samaira Khan. Lucy has a background in conducting quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research in public involvement, dementia and motor neuron disease as part of NIHR-funded grants. In her role as Public Involvement Lead, she provides advice for researchers applying for research grants and fellowships, including how to embed meaningful public involvement throughout their research. She chairs the RDS YH Public Involvement Forum and the RDS YH Public Involvement Funding panel.
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 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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