New Community Research Hub unveiled

A Yorkshire-based health trust has launched a new community clinical research facility that gives residents across the region more opportunities to take part in research to improve the treatments and care for people with mental health conditions.

Based in Almond Tree Court on the Tickhill Road Site in Doncaster the newly refurbished hub is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s (RDaSH) Grounded Research Team.

The research facility was officially opened by Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care and lead for the National Institute for Health Research on February 8. This was part of a tour of the Doncaster area to understand the health challenges of the area and how research can help address these challenges

Professor Whitty said: “The benefits of research are broad. Research-active trusts bring about many benefits for all patients, not just those that participate in it. That is why it is so heartening to see RDaSH take such initiative in opening this clinical community research facility, which will help improve the lives of those the Trust serves.”

Dr Nav Ahluwalia, RDaSH’s Executive Medical Director, who leads the Trust’s Grounded Research Team, said: “We are very proud of this new community research facility which is designed to increase the range and number of research studies that we can do. It brings research closer to the heart of the community resulting in improved treatments and outcomes for our patients.”

Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health at Doncaster Council, said: “The people of Doncaster are set to benefit from this fantastic new facility which RDaSH can now offer. It is another example of how Doncaster is moving ahead on its ambition to be a great place to live and work.”

The launch of the RDaSH Community Clinical Research Facility follows the Trust’s recent partnership with the Northern Health Science Alliance bringing more joint research partnerships on a range of topics to benefit people experiencing mental health conditions.

Pictured left to right are: Dr Louise Wood; Professor Chris Whitty, Dr Nav Ahluwalia and Dr Rupert Suckling

Pictured left to right are: Dr Louise Wood; Professor Chris Whitty, Dr Nav Ahluwalia and Dr Rupert Suckling