This website is will provide you with support and direction for the research process here at Salisbury. The page contains information on how the Research and Development Department can assist you through planning, funding, executing and analysing your study within national NHS Research Policy and local Trust protocol.
All NHS Trusts are performance managed on national targets set by the NIHR. If you are granted permission to undertake research at one of our Trusts, then you are committed to helping the Trust achieve these targets. You will be helping us achieve Trust wide targets including increasing the number of project available to patients and the overall recruitment of patients to NIHR portfolio research. Your research will be performance managed on recruiting your first patient within 70 days of the formal submission of your paperwork and achieving the recruitment target you have set yourself in the planning stages.
What Support can RSS Salisbury offer?
The Research Support Service at Salisbury can offer you:
Please contact RSS Salisbury at an early stage on 2026
Research Design Service Southwest (RDS South West)
The RDS exists to provide help to people preparing research proposals for submission to peer-review funding competitions for applied health or social care. The RDS essentially consists of a team of people based in universities and the NHS across the southwest, able to advise and provide practical support when you are developing your grant application. As RDS is funded by the NIHR for this purpose, such help is provided free of charge.
Salisbury hosts a branch of the RDS South West. This service can offer assistance and advice on:
- Formulating research questions
- Building an appropriate research team
- Involving patients and carers
- Designing a study
- Appropriate methodologies for quantitative research, e.g. statistical issues, health economics
- Appropriate methodologies for qualitative research, e.g. sampling, analytical strategies
- Identifying suitable funding sources
- Regulatory issues
- Writing lay summaries
- Identifying the resources required for a successful project
The RDS may also be able to help with funding for patients and carers involved in research teams advised by the RDS. If you think the RDS may be of assistance to you, please contact us as soon as possible in the application process.
For more details about the RDS South West please contact Paul Strike (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact them directly on their website http://www.rds-sw.nihr.ac.uk/
If you are student or trainee it is often easier to conduct project that is not considered research according to HRA definitions, but that would be acceptable to your University (clinical audit for e.g.). If you are very keen on an idea that is defined as research, then the Trust generally will only consider being a Participant Identification Centre and it is important that you consider all costs (including staff time) require funding.
We would recommend students or trainees to contact us as early as possible in the planning process as we can provide guidance to help you design a project that will best meet Trust requirements.
Further guidance is available here.