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Research holds the key to delivering continuing sustainable improvements within the NHS.

Our research team works closely with partners from academia and the health sector to increase evidence-based innovation and knowledge exchange within clinical and care settings.

The team provides support to a variety of stakeholders including Clinical Commissioning Groups, researchers and partner universities; providing a robust governance methodology and assurance of key national mandates.

Our work provides peace of mind to everyone involved that research is being conducted effectively within the guidelines and, more importantly, that participants are kept safe because of our robust governance and confidentiality protocols.

Knowledge transfer and applying research evidence in commissioning

We have developed a new forum (ARC), which aims to encourage greater engagement between key academic researchers and CCG commissioners to promote evidence-based commissioning.


Research governance is a process aimed at ensuring that research is high quality, safe and ethical prior to accessing research sites.


Assessing the feasibility of healthcare research with consideration to the practicalities of delivery.


Encouraging the participation of clinicians and the public in research.

Translating Research into Practice in Leeds and Bradford (TRiP-LaB)

The TRiP-LaB programme was a partnership between academia and the NHS with a multidisciplinary mix of health service researchers, organisational scientists, NHS senior managers, clinicians, and health economists. The programme aimed to:

  • Increase the impact of research by translating it into evidence-based service improvements and commissioning in a local health economy of 1.2 million people.

  • Develop, implement and evaluate methods of inducing and sustaining research uptake by service providers.

  • Contribute to international research on knowledge implementation, innovation and diffusion by unpacking the impact of innovation characteristics, the organisational contexts to which they are applied, and the effect of time.

Projects included:

  • Health professionals’ adoption of NICE recommendations for women with mild to moderate postnatal depression: referral for psychological therapy as a first stage treatment.

    This project explored the barriers experienced by health professionals in Bradford and Airedale to referring women with PND for psychological treatment. A multifaceted implementation strategy comprising an educational session, a concise summary of the evidence underpinning NICE recommendations and an electronic GP referral template, all tailored to the key barriers, were developed and delivered in the spring of 2011. The intervention had a significant impact on referral rates (increase of 25%), with an average of 33 cases of PND diagnosed a month, equating to an extra eight patients with PND per month receiving a referral

    Read the full report.

  • Screening and Brief Interventions for Alcohol Misuse in Primary Care.

    The alcohol consumption screening project was aimed at increasing the use of validated screening amongst high-risk hypertensive patients. The TRiP-LaB team conducted a literature review which identified 20 common barriers to performing alcohol screening in primary care, and validated these barriers locally through consultation with GPs and practice nurses. An implementation strategy targeting these barriers was developed and delivered. This comprised an educational event and tailored educational materials. The educational materials promoted use of validated screening and provided access to resources on how to successfully handle patient reactions to screening in a consultation. An interrupted time series analysis applied to monthly data from patient records demonstrated a significantly increased screening using validated instruments.

Read the full report.

  • Evidence briefing service.
    This service identifies, appraises and contextualises existing research evidence to inform the real world issues brought to us by local decision makers. Topics have included evidence to inform service reorganisation for adolescents with eating disorders, telehealth and the introduction of integrated care pathways in mental health settings. Feedback on this service from NHS partners has been uniformly positive and the service has helped to achieve some major cost savings through evidence informed service reconfiguration

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West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit

West Yorkshire office:
Douglas Mill
Bowling Old Lane
West Yorkshire

Tel: 0845 1115000

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw office:
722 Prince of Wales Road
South Yorkshire
S9 4EU

Tel: 0114 3051000

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