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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

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

ClosED: Impact of closing Emergency Departments in England YAS supported this NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies funded observational study
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
ERA – Electronic Records in Ambulances to support the shift to out of hospital care: challenges, opportunities and workforce implications

Current 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 is one of four ambulance services participating in this interventional trial which is funded by NIHR Health Technology Assessment

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
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
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
Yorkshire Health Study This is a long-term Yorkshire-wide health study aimed at helping to build a fit and healthy Yorkshire

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

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 Q1 2017-2018

YAS Performance in Initiating Clinical Research Q1 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