Research Design and Conduct Service

'Working together towards better research'

The All Wales Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS) is a Health and Care Research Wales funded initiative operating through three trials units across Wales: Centre for Trials Research (Cardiff University); North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (NWORTH, Bangor University); and Swansea Trials Unit (STU, Swansea University) with support from the Welsh Health Economics Support Service (WHESS) and Language Awareness Infrastructure Support (LLAIS, Bangor University).

The RDCS (for North and Mid Wales) provides support to health professionals in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Powys Teaching Health Board wishing to design high quality research proposals for submission to national, peer-reviewed funding competitions. We are also the strategic lead for social care and in that capacity we work closely with the Wales School for Social Care Research to provide support and advice on social care research proposals.

Click here to view the All Wales Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS) Charter

Advice is available on all aspects of developing grant applications, including:

  • Focusing ideas and refining the research question(s)
  • Building an appropriate research team
  • Involving patients and carers in all stages of the research process
  • Overall research design
  • Choice and application of research methodologies for both qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Choice and application of health economic objectives and methods
  • Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs)

  • How to conduct literature searches and undertake systematic reviews
  • Identifying the resources required for a successful project
  • Identifying suitable funding opportunities
  • Signposting researchers to other sources of research expertise and support, including identifying possible research partners.

To avail of the service please complete the RDCS Point of Contact from:

English version & Welsh version

Or alternatively for further information, please either email us at:

or call us on: 01248 383793.