Grounded Research

Grounded ResearchResearch within the Trust is led by the Executive Medical Director, Dr Nav Ahluwalia. He is supported by Assistant Director for Research, Heather Rice.

The Research Office is located on the Tickhill Road Hospital site. You can contact the team on 01302 798456 or email

Our Research Strategy for the next three years can be found at: Research-Strategy-2016-2019

Academic partnerships

We have two academic partnerships in place with Sheffield Hallam University and the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. These partnerships provide the opportunity for training, development and additional expertise in research.

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.


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


Library services




Library service provision for RDaSH Service:

The service is available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and the library is physically located at DRI in the Library & Learning Resource Centre, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Doncaster DN2 5LT

Tel: 01302 642894 or email

Facilities include book loans (subject to availability, collection and/or delivery options) study space, PC/Internet access, photocopying and printing, and an enquiry service in person, by phone or on email.

Staff can also access the online library catalogue at

Via the library catalogue you can also now locate the RDaSH Publications Register which is now live though currently still in development. Follow the links from the web page above to search for details or if you wish to see a full list of what is currently on the register, go to

It will be updated regularly, but in the meantime if you have published an article, book or book chapter you can let us know by completing the following form and returning it to
RDaSH Publications Register Submission Form

Access to the Knowledge and Information Portal is at
From here you can navigate to the RDASH welcome page, and speciality pages that may be of interest such as mental Health, Dementia, Elderly Care, Health Information. There are over 30 subject areas that you can choose from.

Access to the Knowledge and Library service pages at at

From here you can navigate your way through the library web pages but in particular, you may be interested in the range of current awareness services that we provide –
You can choose to receive any of our current awareness bulletins direct to your inbox as they are published if you prefer – just complete this form and return it via e-mail or post to the library at DRI.

Requesting items/document supply – There is also an inter-library loans/document supply service subject to availability from other providers and within current copyright licensing and regulations. Complete this form (above) and return it via e-mail or post to the library at DRI. Alternatively contact library staff on 01302 642894 or at for further assistance.

Library membership form

Request form

For all other enquiries about other areas of library service provision, please contact Heather Rice, Assistant Director Research on 01302 796242.






As a Trust we now administer ATHENS for ourselves. For staff who have an queries about their ATHENS account or for those staff who wish to update or make changes to their account please contact

Information about ATHENS is below:

online registration guidance

The link to register is

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: