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Research for Patient Benefit - Yorkshire and North East Regional Advisory Committee


01 January 2019


1.0 - June 2022


NIHR Research for Patient Benefit is a national funding programme that funds research on a regional level through eight Regional Advisory Committees. Each region has a local committee chair and members, and patient or public members.

Regional chair

Dr Judith Cohen is Chair of the Yorkshire and North East Regional Advisory Committee for NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.

Committee members

Name Position Organisation Expertise 
Professor Ann-Louise Caress Professor of Health Services Research and Director, Centre for Applied Research in Health (CARH) University of Huddersfield  Living with long term conditions (especially respiratory and renal), patient/carer experience, patient education, health information, patient and public involvement
Dr Nicola Clibbens Lecturer in Mental Health University if Leeds Qualitative research methods particularly grounded theory. Consensus methods; focus groups and Delphi survey. Mental health research with focus on psychosocial care. Service user partnership research
Ms Michelle Collinson Principal Statistician University of Leeds Design and analysis of early phase clinical trials, including phase I, phase II, proof of concept and feasibility studies
Professor Peter Day Professor of Children's Oral Health University of Leeds Prevention and oral health, paediatric dentistry, dental traumatology, behaviour change, feasibility studies
Dr Jon Dickson Senior Clinical Lecturer and GP University of Sheffield General practice, neurology, health-services research
Ms Joyce Fox Public Member  -  -
Dr Ann Henry Associate Professor in Clinical Oncology University of Leeds Management of urological cancers, radiotherapy Phase 2/3 clinical trials and prostate brachytherapy. Personalised radiotherapy delivery to improve overall survival and reduce treatment related side effects
Dr Harry Hill Research Fellow in Health Economics University of Sheffield Health Economics
Professor Andrew Husband  Professor of Clinical Pharmacy  Newcastle University School of Pharmacy Mixed methods and evidence synthesis around the safe and effective use of medicines and electronic systems to support safe medicines use
Dr Rachael Kelley Research Fellow Leeds Beckett University Nursing, mental health, neurological, dementia
Dr Peter Knapp Reader in Health Sciences University of York & the Hull York Medical School Reader in Health Sciences at the University of York & the Hull York Medical School. He is a highly experienced academic and applied health researcher, having worked in higher education since 1993. Currently his main research activities are in information for patients and patient engagement with health services. Although originally trained in quantitative methods, he is equally comfortable with undertaking quantitative or qualitative research, and has experience of undertaking trials, cohort studies, surveys, interview and focus groups studies, and systematic reviews.
Dr Gemma Louch Senior Research Fellow NIHR Yorkshire & Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre Health services research, patient safety, patient involvement in patient safety, improvement science and evaluation, health psychology, individual differences, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, mixed methods
Dr Samuel Smith Associate Professor University of Leeds Behaviour change particularly in relation to cancer prevention, medication adherence, weight loss, early diagnosis, and screening participation; pilot and feasibility trials; systematic reviews; qualitative research; intervention development; process evaluations; and measure development
Mrs Jan Speechley Public Member - -
Dr Bethany Shinkins Associate Professor of Health Economics University of Leeds Health Sconomics; Medical Statistics Diagnostics
Professor Claire Surr Professor of Dementia Studies Leeds Beckett University Dementia care and services research, observational and qualitative research, cluster RCT design, dementia workforce training and development
Dr Maureen Twiddy Senior Lecturer in Mixed Methods Research University of Hull Mixed methods research designs; qualitative research; design and analysis of process evaluations; qualitative research exploring trial recruitment (clinical equipoise and patients’ treatment preferences)
Ms Alex Wright-Hughes Principal Statistician  University of Leeds  Statistics, Clinical trial design, Complex interventions