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


Published: 01 January 2019

Version: 1.0 - June 2022

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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 
Mrs Samina Begum Public Member  -  -
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
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 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 Reader in Dementia Research Leeds Beckett University Mental health nurse; dementia care research (including dementia and physical comorbidities and improving community and hospital-based healthcare services for people living with dementia and their families); qualitative research (especially ethnography); epidemiology
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.
Mrs Ellen Lee Research Fellow University of Sheffield Medical statistics; design and analysis of clinical trials; pragmatic trials and complex interventions
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
Ms Alex Wright-Hughes Principal Statistician University of Leeds Statistics, Clinical trial design, Complex interventions