The Role of the Service

Gloucestershire Research Support Service

Gloucestershire Research Support Service hosts a number of different functions including:

-    The Research Management & Governance Team

-    The Gloucester Office of the South West Research Design Service (SWRDS)

-    The Clinical Trials Staff linked to the West of England Clinical Research Network (WoECRN)

 -    The Barrett’s Oesophagus Surveillance Study (BOSS) Team


The Gloucestershire Research Team (previously known as Gloucestershire Research & Development Support Unit (RDSU) and 3 Counties Cancer Research Network (3CCRN)), amalgamated in April 2014.  The main priority areas for the team includes supporting research, especially preparation of proposals for research approval, provision of support for novice researchers and the provision of some research training.  These aspects of the work are still seen to be priorities and are considered to form part of the core functions of the unit.

[The NIHR CRN is the clinical research deliery arm of the NHS.  They operate nationally across England through a national coordinating centre and 15 local branches delivering research in the NHS.  Gloucestershire comes under the West of England CRn and the local team covers Cancer, Critical Care, Dementia, Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Mental Health, Neurodegenerative Disease, Respiratory, Stroke and Vascular research].

In addition to these we also try to income generate through commissioned projects and grant proposals by:

  • Carrying out tasks associated with projects, such as data entry, data analysis and project management
  • Commissioned projects
  • Service level agreements for specific activities

The team also provides a focus for the interpretation and local implementation of national policy and strategic developments.