First mental health trust to join network

Our trust has joined the Northern Health Science Alliance – and is the first mental health trust to do so.

It means our research team, called Grounded Research, will be able to enter more joint research partnerships on a range of topics.

The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) is an alliance of the North’s leading universities, research-intensive NHS trusts and four Academic Health Science Networks.

Working with the NHSA will support RDaSH’s Grounded Research Team to connect with research centres across the region, the UK and internationally.

Hakim Yadi, the Chief Executive of the NHSA, said: “The NHSA works across the North of England giving a voice to, encouraging collaborations with, and drawing investment into the exceptional health research taking place in the region.

“RDaSH’s work pioneering new community-based approaches to health research is incredibly exciting and we are delighted to be working with such a dynamic forward-thinking team.”

Dr Nav Ahluwalia, our Executive Medical Director, who heads the research team, said: “The NHSA is at the forefront of establishing multi-partner collaborations between healthcare systems and leading industry from medtech to pharma, biotech and digital health companies.  It’s exciting and excellent to be working with them.”


Pictured at the signing of the joint agreement with the NHSA are, from the left (front row), Hakim Yadi, Chief Executive of the NHSA, and Kathryn Singh, Chief Executive of RDaSH, surrounded by (back row) RDaSH Chairman Lawson Pater, RDaSH research Assistant Director Heather Rice, Dr Nav Ahluwalia, RDaSH Executive Medical Director and Hannah Davies, Head of External and Public Affairs for the NHSA.