Health research benefits us all – our campaign seeks to help NHS staff in the North West on their research journey

Over 870,000 people took part in health research across England, last year. Applied health research changes lives. The Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) has launched a campaign to help researchers across all of the NHS Trusts in the North West.

By helping researchers to turn their research ideas into a reality, better treatments and care are achieved, diagnosis and prevention are improved and health professional’s skills are improved. The campaign is designed to raise the profile of RDS NW and help address some of the common issues and barriers that NHS staff encounter at the start of their research

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The campaign is designed to raise the profile of RDS NW and help address some of the common issues and barriers that NHS staff encounter at the start of their research journey. The campaign follows a report[1] by THIS.Institute and work by RDS NW NHS Engagement Officers. Launched on the 24 September 2019, it has three phases and continues until March 2020.

RDS NW’s NHS Engagement Officer, Maria Thornton, said

“Our goal is to encourage more NHS staff members in the NW, to use RDS NW free and confidential service for researchers. NHS staff can have a different perspective to an academic researcher, resulting in different types of research that will benefit the public and patients. We recognised that there are many challenges for a prospective researcher in the NHS to overcome but the good news is that there is lots of help out there.”

The campaign will demonstrate the impact that research can have on public health in the North West, on a researcher’s career path and how research can contribute to achieving NHS Trusts’ strategic objectives.

Communication with NHS staff groups will be achieved through email and Twitter, attendance at Trust events and articles with real life examples. RDS NW will arrange drop in events at some Trusts in the North West and clinical meetings for new and experienced health researchers.

For further details of the campaign or to ask for leaflets or posters about the service for your Trust:

Find out more about the Research Design Service North West in our about us section.

Would you like advice on your research idea, use our free and confidential advice service. Download our advice request form here.


[1] THIS.Institute report ‘Involving NHS Staff in Research