Skip to content

Grounded Research

We are the Grounded Research Team at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust (RDaSH) and we are leading the way with our inspiring community based research.

We are also winners of the Nursing Times Clinical Research Nursing Award 2019 for our work on increasing access to research for patients and carers, for the work with patient research ambassadors and for opening a clinical community research hub.

Around 15 million people in England have a chronic condition and they account for about 50% of all GP appointments. Treatment and care of these conditions accounts for around £7 in every £10 of total health and social care expenditure (1). This is a complex field urgently requiring novel research based interventions – our research is making a difference, improving lives.

Since forming in 2014 we have consistently sought to work with some of the UK’s most vulnerable people. Our attitude ensures research questions arise from our communities, are relevant to our communities and will be adopted by our communities. Our research is innovative, relevant and applicable.

As well as being delighted to welcome research participants to our new Community Research Hub we understand the importance of taking our research into the field. We visit participants in their homes, on the ward, in churches, schools and shopping centres. We even have a Community Health Bus which opens up further opportunities to undertake research at unusual locations or special events. We believe that research can, and should, involve everyone.

Our entrepreneurial outlook means we deliver high impact, high value research across a range of themes including:

  • Addiction
  • Dementia
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition and behaviour
  • Offender Health
  • Oral and dental health
  • Workplace wellbeing

Our research is possible because of our dynamic, innovative, flexible partnerships which cross traditional sector boundaries. We know this is the best way of generating research which really matters to our community.

With a growing network of research physicians, nurses, AHPs and clinical research professionals, and strong links to academic and commercial research partners, the Grounded Research Team’s priorities are:

  • Supporting recruitment to current NIHR portfolio studies spanning a range of health conditions across the Trust’s geography
  • Establishing the UK’s first dedicated Community Clinical Research Facility
  • Continuing the work of the RDaSH Centre for Nutrition & Behaviour
  • Increasing research in primary care
  • Expanding research activity in offender and ex-offender health
  • Harnessing research to improve substance misuse services
  • Strengthening research into dementia
  • Trialling cutting edge wound care solutions in the community
  • Improving the End of Life care experience
  • Developing and implementing personalised mental healthcare
  • Preventing and reducing occupational burnout in the healthcare workforce

Our Community Research Hub brings with it a number of benefits for partners interested in undertaking clinical research including:

  • A dedicated facility with a clinic/lab room and large multipurpose events space
  • A dedicated, secure clinical trials pharmacy space with temperature control and monitoring systems and a GCP trained pharmacy team
  • Pleasant outdoor surroundings (the RDaSH Tickhill Road site is situated within Woodfield Park)
  • Easy travel to the site by car and plentiful free parking for participants
  • Walled garden and tea rooms, for which participants can be given refreshment vouchers
  • Strong research team with experience of delivering a variety of academic, investigator-led and industrial clinical trials

Our friendly, approachable and professional team are especially interested to hear from academic/industry sponsors and CROs with studies in feasibility for the following therapeutic areas:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dementia
  • End of life care
  • Mental health
  • Psychological therapies
  • Psychosis
  • Substance misuse & addiction
  • Wound care

Or perhaps you have a great idea for another area of research? Or would like to talk about working with us? Whatever the reason please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01302 798456. Or email us on

Wishing you happiness and health

The Grounded Research Team

Research governance

Research governance is based with the Grounded Research team in the Opal Centre.

The Research Team offer an open door policy to all staff to provide comprehensive support for any aspect of the research process. This includes protocol development, funding identification and full support with regard to Integrated Research Approval System (IRAS) submissions to gain the relevant NHS approvals for each project.

The Research Office seeks to simplify and streamline the process from ‘having a research idea’ to testing this in clinical practice.  The office aims to:

  • Align staff with academic colleagues with similar fields of interest
  • Assist with applications through the IRAS system, including applications to national Research Ethics Committees
  • Ensure all necessary support departments are fully informed and consulted to ensure the study can be successfully delivered
  • Advise on funding streams
  • Provide ongoing support throughout the conduct of the study so as to support compliance with any national regulations.

You can contact the team on 01302 798456

Current Studies

For information on our current studies click on the link below.

Current Studies at RDaSH 17.1.18


Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber  NHS Foundation Trust, like other NHS providers holding NIHR contracts, is required to provide quarterly performance reports to the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility.

These reports provide an overview of recruitment to clinical trials, including commercial contract clinical trials.  They show whether the Trust has met the ’70 day benchmark’ of recruiting a patient into a trial within 70 days of receiving a valid application for approval to open the study.


No re-portable studies in Performance in Delivering for Q1 2019/20

No re-portable studies in Performance in Delivering for Q2 2019/20

No re-portable studies in Performance in Initiating for Q2 2019/20

No re-portable studies in Performance in Delivering for Q3 2019/20

No re-portable studies in Performance in Initiating for Q3 2019/20

Performance in Initiating Clinical Research Clinical Trials for RDaSH Q1 2019.20


Performance in Delivering Clinical Research Clinical Trials for RDaSH Q3 2018.19

Performance in Initiating Clinical Research Clinical Trials for RDaSH Q3 2018.19

Performance in Initiating Clinical Research Clinical Trials for RDaSH Q2 2018.19

Performance in Delivering Clinical Research Clinical Trials for RDaSH Q2-2018.19

Performance in Delivering Clinical Research (Clinical Trials) for RDaSH Q1 2018/19


Performance in Initiating Clinical Research (Clinical Trials) for RDaSH Q4 2017/18

Performance in Initiating Clinical Research (Clinical Trials) for RDaSH Q3 2017/18

Performance in Delivering Clinical Research (Clinical Trials) for RDaSH Q3 2017/18

Research and GDPR

As a NHS organisation we use personally-identifiable information to conduct research to improve health, care and services. As a publicly-funded organisation, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research.  This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study. Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that we have to demonstrate that our research serves the interests of society as a whole. We do this by following the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Further information is available here: