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.


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

RDCS support includes:

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

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:

  • Health economics
  • Statistics
  • Qualitative research
  • Data management
  • Trial management

RDCS South East Wales Director

Sue Channon

Dr Sue Channon

Director of Research Design and Conduct Service

+44 (0)29 2068 7181

RDCS South East Wales Deputy Director

Philip Pallmann

Philip Pallmann

Research Fellow (Statistics) & Deputy Director Research Design and Conduct Service


RDCS Consultants

Claire Bartlett

Claire Bartlett (née Nollett)

Research Associate - Trial Manager

+44 (0)29 2068 7187

Kim Madden

Research Associate - Trial Manager

+44 (0)29 2068 7908

RDCS Support

Mark Odgers

Study Administrator

+44 (0)29 2068 7617