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Research Support

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust supports participation in research related to our services. We work with the pharmaceutical industry, Universities, and NHS partner organisations, including the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network*.

We have a team who can advise and support researchers, and make sure that research complies with any relevant laws and policies. We encourage you to contact us as early as possible to discuss your project.

Our contact details and research interest are included in our operational capability statement, which NHS Trusts publish to help industry and researchers select appropriate hosts for their studies.

Details of each year's research activity and publications are published annually in the trust's Quality Account.

Recently Completed Research
AIRWAYS-2: Cluster randomised trial of the clinical and cost effectiveness of the i-gel supraglottic airway device versus tracheal intubation in the initial airway management of out of hospital cardiac arrest

YAS was one of four ambulance services participating in this interventional trial which is funded by NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme. This study was sponsored by South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

PhOEBE: Developing New Ways of Measuring the Impact of Ambulance Service Care: A study collecting data to develop methods for measuring processes and outcomes of pre-hospital care

YAS was one of two ambulance trusts participating in this high quality study supported by the National Institute for Health Research
This was a five year project completed in January 2017.
You can find out more about the projects findings here:

  
This study was sponsored by the University of Sheffield.

ClosED: Impact of closing Emergency Departments in England YAS supported this NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies funded observational study which was sponsored by the University of Sheffield.
VAN: Understanding variation in rates of ambulance service ‘non-conveyance of patients to an emergency department'
YAS was one of the ambulance services participating in this study which was funded by NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research and sponsored by the University of Sheffield.
ERA – Electronic Records in Ambulances to support the shift to out of hospital care: challenges, opportunities and workforce implications YAS supported this NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme funded study. This was sponsored by Swansea University. 
DEUCE: Drivers of Demand for Emergency and Urgent Care Service: understanding patient and public perspectives YAS is one of the NHS organisations participating in this NIHR  Health Services and Delivery Research study on service demand. This was sponsored by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
EDARA: Evaluating the diversion of alcohol-related attendances YAS is participating in this high quality study funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research funding stream and sponsored by the University of Cardiff.

Current Research

RIGHT—2: Rapid Intervention with Glyceryl Trinitrate in Hypertensive stroke Trial-2 (RIGHT2): Assessment of safety and efficacy of transdermal glyceryl trinitrate, a nitric oxide donor, and of the feasibility of a multi-centre ambulance-based stroke trial

YAS is supporting this British Heart Foundation funded clinical trial on treating stroke, which will run until May 2018. This study is sponsored by the University of Nottingham.
Connected Health Cities: Data linkage of urgent care data YAS is one of the NHS organisations participating in this Northern Health Science Alliance funded study. This is sponsored by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Yorkshire Health Study This is a long-term Yorkshire-wide University of Sheffield-sponsored health study aims to help build a fit and healthy Yorkshire.
Mindshine3: A definitive randomised controlled trial investigating two online wellbeing interventions to reduce NHS staff stress YAS is participating in this staff wellbeing study which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and sponsored by the University of Sussex.

We also support our staff and external students who want to undertake research as part of post-graduate study.

For health research we may use anonymised data and all NHS research is approved by a group of ethics experts before being carried out. You can find out more information about your rights here:  https://www.hra.nhs.uk/information-about-patients/

Performance in Initiating & Delivering Clinical Research - National Targets for Research

The Government wishes to see a dramatic and sustained improvement in the performance of providers of NHS services in initiating and delivering clinical research with the aim to increase the number of patients who have the opportunity to participate in research. Here you will find our most recent quarterly reports to the Department of Health under the ‘Performance in initiating and delivering clinical research initiative’.

The Trust’s clinical trial performance is measured against 2 national benchmarks to improve the initiation and delivery of all clinical trials approved by the Trust.

  • Initiation – it should take no more than 70 days from receipt of valid research application to the recruitment of the 1st patient to the trial
  • Delivery – for all commercial clinical trials hosted by the Trust the agreed number of patients should be recruited within the agreed timescale

YAS Performance

The latest performance information for the Trust is available below:

YAS Performance in Delivering Clinical Research Q4 2017-2018

YAS Performance in Initiating Clinical Research Q4 2017-2018

For further information regarding this please contact the Research and Development Department on 01924 584027 or via email at research@yas.nhs.uk