Research Design and Conduct Service

RDCS Client

The Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS) South East Wales supports staff working within the National Health Service and social care to develop high quality research funding proposals.

Increasing research capacity

The opportunity to have a one-to-one with experts in the field such as statisticians, researchers (who have been through the application process) and advisers was invaluable.

RDCS client

The Research Design and Conduct Service provides guidance and advice to enable eligible researchers to assess the potential of an idea and to develop a study or trial idea effectively up to the point of application for funding. Staff from all areas and disciplines are encouraged to contact us by completing a request for support form to assess eligibility for research support.

Eligibility

The service is free for NHS and social care professionals who are intending to seek grants or funding for their proposal. NHS staff also need to ensure that their local NHS Research and Development office supports the research proposal.

Areas of expertise

I really enjoyed the free availability of the consultants to chat through ideas. This helped to clear my mind and thought processes to develop a research question. And they had extensive knowledge of funding streams.

RDCS client

Areas of expertise include:

  • Formulating research questions
  • Identifying appropriate methodologies
  • Building a research team
  • Involving patients and the public
  • Providing advice on writing lay summaries
  • Identifying suitable funding opportunities
  • Designing a study
  • Crafting well-constructed funding proposals
  • Advising on regulatory and ethical issues
  • Identifying the resources required for a successful project

I really appreciated the fantastic consultants and their fabulous response to a very inexperienced team [of researchers].

RDCS client

Specific help is also available with:

  • Research study design
  • Statistics
  • Qualitative research
  • Data management
  • Trial management

RDCS South East Wales Director

Sue Channon

Dr Sue Channon

Director Research Design and Conduct Service and Senior Research Fellow

Email:
channons2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 20875047

RDCS South East Wales Deputy Director

Philip Pallmann

Dr Philip Pallmann

Deputy Director Research Design and Conduct Service and Research Fellow

Email:
pallmannp@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 7461

RDCS Consultants

Claire Bartlett

Claire Nollett

Research Design and Conduct Service Consultant and Research Associate

Email:
nollettcl@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 7187
Dr Kim Smallman

Dr Kim Smallman

Research Design and Conduct Service Consultant and Research Associate

Email:
smallmank@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 7908

RDCS Support

Mark Odgers

Study Administrator

Email:
odgersm2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 7617