Grounded Research

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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:



There is an annual Research Conference hosted within the organisation which showcases what’s happening within the Trust. This year we have partnered with Public Health Doncaster, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals and Doncaster CCG to help host Doncaster’s Festival of Research with the opening Conference taking place on Tuesday 17 October at the Holiday Inn, Doncaster.

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Library services

The Trust has recently ended its contract for the provision of library services with The Rotherham Foundation Trust (TRFT). The previous arrangement did not adequately cover the whole of the Trust geographically because it was based in Rotherham and was difficult to access for most staff.

The new service in place has been commissioned from Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals (DBH) based at their Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI) site and enables better provision of library services to all of our staff.

This new arrangement began on Monday 2 December.

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

Tel: 01302 553118 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

Access to the Knowledge and Information Portal is at

Access to the Knowledge and Library service pages is at

Staff will be able to access the Clinical Effectiveness & Service Improvement Bulletin (CESI) via direct mailing (on request) or via the Knowledge and Information portal.

There is also an inter-library loans/document supply service subject to availability from other providers and within current copyright licensing and regulations.

Please refer to the information sheet below for further information:

2013.12 Information sheet RDaSH library services

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 796262.






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

An information leaflet about ATHENS is below:

online registration guidance

The link to register is