• AHSC strategy: The NISCHR All-Wales Academic Health Science Collaboration (AHSC) demonstrates Wales’ commitment to creating a dynamic research environment that contributes to the health and wealth of Wales. The AHSC facilitates the collaboration between Health Boards, Trusts and Universities across Wales, combining clinical research, clinical care and education to create world-leading improvements in healthcare. http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/Documents/952/NISCHR%20AHSC%20STRATEGY%20FINAL%20October%202010.pdf


  • ARUK BBC: Arthritis Research UK selected Cardiff University to become the prestigious UK Centre of excellence in biomechanics and engineering and together are committing £10M to arthritis research utilising expertise across engineering, bioscience, genetics, and imaging. The research strengths in these areas are being used to identify and target mechanical mechanisms underlying joint disease which translates to patient benefit in the clinic.


  • CTU’s in Wales – NWORTH, WWORTH, SEWTU: Funded by NISCHR, The Clinical Trials Units (CTU’s) inWales are NWORTH (The North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health and social care), WWORTH (West Wales Organisation for Rigourous Trials in Health and social care) and SEWTU (South East Wales Trials Unit) and have complementary specialisms:

NWORTH Unit lead Dr Rhiannon Whittaker, Bangor University
NWORTH specialises in pragmatic trials, complex interventions, social care and is developing expertise in ageing and dementia, mental health and musculoskeletal trials. http://www.bangor.ac.uk/imscar/nworth/

WWORTH Unit lead Professor Ian Russell, Swansea University
Specialisms include secondary care trials in emergency care and gastroenterology and trials involving and exploring the use of routine data.

SEWTU Unit Lead Professor Kerry Hood, Cardiff University
SEWTU specialises in infections, behaviour change, children and young people, medical devices and has particular strengths in primary care.


  • Involving People: Involving People supports public involvement in health and social care research across Wales. Members of the public who live in Wales are provided with information, support, training and opportunities for active involvement in research projects. Researchers based in Wales can obtain advice on active involvement and be linked to members of the public who are passionate about research. Involving People is part of the National Institute for Social care and Health Research Clinical Centre (NISCHR CRC). www.involvingpeople.org.uk 


  • National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS): NASS is the only registered charity in the UK dedicated to the needs of people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in the UK. The main aims of NASS are to seek a cure for ankylosing spondylitis and related conditions, and improve their treatment in the UK; To promote awareness of these conditions in the UK; and To provide guidance, advice and information for people affected by these conditions including their families, their carers and their employers. NASS have a Helpline for people affected by AS and a range of information available which can be obtained free of charge. NASS have a network of 87 local branches spread throughout the UK, of which 5 are based in Wales. The branches provide regular physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and gym sessions that are supervised by physiotherapists with an interest in AS. Most branches meet weekly on weekday evenings. Although the main aim of meeting up is for exercise, most branches also have an educational and social aspect. http://nass.co.uk/


  • NISCHR The National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR) is the Welsh Government body that develops, in consultation with partners, strategy and policy for research in the NHS and social care in Wales. NISCHR’s goal is to fund today’s research that will inform tomorrow’s care and improve the health and wealth of the people of Wales. http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/home.cfm?orgid=952