East Riding of Yorkshire Research and Development Service

East Riding of Yorkshire Research and Development Service

Who we are

Hosted by NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (ERY CCG), we provide a research and development management service across the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) of East Riding of Yorkshire; Hull; North Lincolnshire; and North East Lincolnshire.

Our aim is to promote and facilitate the local provision of high quality research, making clinical research accessible to patients registered with a local GP. This will improve care, provide better quality services and improve health outcomes for our local patients. 

What is our service?

  • We provide information and advice to patients and public about what it means to participate in research and how they could get involved.
  • We can assist researchers to make sure they follow correct Health Research Authority (HRA) guidance, for example, how to apply for ethics approval. 
  • We provide advice and support when carrying out research i.e. helping researchers to recognise the difference between research, service evaluation and audit.
  • We make sure researchers follow the correct research processes and regulations.
  • We provide strategic insight for Research and Development.
  • We help to identify funding opportunities and assist researchers with bids and research grants.
  • We support and facilitate access by staff to research training and education opportunities.

What are the benefits?

Health and social care faces difficult choices with the challenges and impacts of an ageing population and more people living with multiple long-term conditions.Addressing these issues can be difficult, but research that informs us of evidence help by adding to that importance and ensuring that our services meet future needs.

Research does this by:

  • Building improved evidence for improving patient  care.
  • Involving patients and the public more in the process.
  • Integrating research with care for improved patient outcomes.
  • Assuring quality and patient safety.
  • Promoting the value of research, innovation and improvement.
  • Growing research activity and skills.
  • Supporting ethical, legal, high quality patient centred research.

Reference: www.rdforum.nhs.uk (2016)

Some work we have been involved in locally   

The research and development team has been involved in developing and piloting an online Critical Appraisal package. This will assist health care staff to review and understand research literature and apply that learning for the benefit of patients.

The team continues to promote the use of the healthcare library and knowledge services. This ensures all NHS organisations, staff, patients and the public have available the right knowledge and evidence to achieve ongoing improvements in health care.

The team supported the first patient into a clinical trial in the Humber area. This was a National Institute for Health Research study within general medical practice. The study gave patients the opportunity to contribute to the developments in new medications, new uses for current medications and patient care.

The team helps to support and endorse the Patient Research Ambassador (PRA) project that raises awareness of medical research and encourages the involvement of both patients and NHS researchers to recognise the importance of research in delivering improved health care. Click here to read about some real life stories.

If you are a patient wanting to be involved in research

NHS organisations are committed to providing the best care for patients. Involvement in high quality research is one way that, with patient involvement, we can use information to improve and develop the services we commission and deliver on your behalf.

Research can be varied and might be in the form of a national research study that tests new drugs or technology, or pilot studies that test new treatments, or through service evaluation used to help to review current services.

Patients’ experiences provide valuable knowledge and insight about how things work as well as whether improvements are needed. Relatives’ and carers’ views also provide a very important viewpoint.

The options to get involved in research are varied. It could be as a participant in a study or as a partner offering help and advice to shape a research project.

A good place to start is to ask your GP, consultant, or other health professional if you can get involved in research. Alternatively, for local research possibilities visit the website for the hospital or service providing your care.

You can also seek advice from ‘Involve’ who work to support greater public involvement in research.

Or if you want to make a difference and help advance dementia care and treatments, visit Join Dementia Research.

As a patient, researcher, clinician or academic looking for advice and guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Dr Marie Girdham
R&D Lead Nurse Manager

(usual working days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Tel: 07827 282088

Tracey Wartnaby 
R&D Manager

(usual working days: Monday to Friday)

Tel: 07860 846394

Angie Beacroft
R&D Administrator

(usual working days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)

Tel: 07593 529855

You can also contact us using our email address; eryccg.r-d@nhs.net

If you are a researcher or clinician below are a number of helpful web pages:

Information leaflet providing Guidance for Primary Care Researchers requiring HRA Approval.

Clinical Research Network (CRN) comprises of 15 Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRN) that cover the length and breadth of England. For any study that is eligible or applying for Network support, whether commercially or non-commercially sponsored, the CRN offers a range of services across the research pathway that will help study feasibility, set up and delivery.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) aims to improve health outcomes by enabling those who commission, deliver and receive healthcare to measure and improve our healthcare services. 

Health Research Authority (HRA) protects and promotes the interests of patients and the public in health and social care research. It is also provides HRA approval for all NHS studies taking place in England, a new process from 1 April 2016 that brings together the assessment of governance and legal compliance.

NHS Research and Development Forum is about leading, promoting, shaping and influencing quality health research and for anyone whose professional role or interests include the management and quality of health research and the strategic development of health research across the NHS and wider health economy.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) evidence search finds selected, authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health.

An OpenAthens account allows you to access a range of quality information online. Users can access Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) and nationally purchased content, which includes bibliographic databases.

UK Clinical Trials Gateway (UKCTG) If you’re interested in taking part in a clinical trial in your area, you can get in touch with researchers via the UK Clinical Trials Gateway (UKCTG). This gateway also enables you to search for trials based on specific health conditions, drug type or geographic area.

Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is one of fifteen innovative health networks set up to create and harness strong, purposeful partnerships between patients, health services, industry and academia.