Research Design Service South East

The NIHR Research Design Service South East provides free advice and support to NHS researchers and others working in partnership with the NHS, who are developing an application to a suitable funding body.  Advice and practical support is provided free of charge and is available through research clinics, face-to-face, by telephone and email.

Dr Bernadette Egan

Academic Lead

Bernadette is the Academic Lead for the Surrey site of the Research Design Service South East, and also provides research design advice and support to researchers.

Bernadette also holds a position in the University of Surrey’s Department of Psychology as a research fellow within the Food, Consumer Behaviour, and Health Research Centre - where she has worked on a range of funded projects, such as the Food Standard Agency, and the EU.

For a link to Bernadette's academic profile please visit:

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Professor Heather Gage BSc MSc PhD

RDS SE Lead for Health Economics

Heather is the RDS SE Lead for Health Economics and is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and a health economist and health services researcher. Heather’s research interests encompass many aspects of health service delivery, but particularly focus on evaluative studies and outcomes measurement.

Since 1995, she had been involved as principal or co-investigator in over 20 applied multidisciplinary health–related projects funded by the NHS, EU, industry and charities, resulting in over 50 peer reviewed papers. Projects have covered surgical, medical, public health, quality of life and workforce issues in hospital and community settings, and have used varied methodologies including RCT and observational. She has also conducted systematic reviews, and cost effectiveness analyses of health care technologies.

Heather is currently Professor of Health Economics and Coordinator of Health Research in the Economics Department. In 2000-2001, Heather held visiting positions at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research of the US Veterans Healthcare Administration.

She is a member of the Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN) Primary Care Study Group.

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Dr Daniel Jackson BSc, MSc, PhD

RDS SE Research Adviser

Dan has over ten years’ experience in health economics and outcomes research, both for industry and academia. He is a part-time member of the Health Research Group in the Economics Department, University of Surrey, and provides specialist health economics advice for the RDS SE.

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Kay Stephenson

RDS Surrey Facilitator

Kay facilitates on various aspects of the running of the RDS SE and on research bids including: finances, submission processes, and funding streams.  Kay also sits on various RDS SE working groups.  Kay is also qualified to a postgraduate level in Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), and provides comprehensive advice and support to researchers regarding incorporating PPI into research proposals.

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Peter Williams

RDS SE Statistician

Peter Williams has worked as a quantitative statistics consultant in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Surrey since September 1990 and in that time has undertaken statistical analyses of over 300 medically orientated projects, in addition to providing statistical advice on many other proposed studies across the University. Projects undertaken have ranged in nature from randomised controlled clinical trials (both human and veterinary) to large scale observational and epidemiological studies. He also provides statistical computing support for users of SAS and SPSS. Previously he spent six years at the Middlesex Hospital (London) working as a medical statistician.

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Dr Jeewaka Mendis

Dr Jeewaka Mendis is currently working as a Medical Statistician at the Surrey Clinical Research Centre. He completed his PhD in Medical Statistics at University of Leicester where he developed a novel methodology to design new clinical trials using existing evidence.

He has a particular research interest in evidence synthesis models including Meta-analysis, Meta-Regression, Indirect Comparison and Mixed Treatment Comparisons. The power and sample size calculations are another area of his expertise as well. He has a wealth of experience in analysing data from a range of commercial sectors including agricultural, financial and healthcare.

He completed his BSc Special Degree in Statistics from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka and also got his MSc in Information Technology from Keele University, UK. 

Dr Jo Leftwich

Jo joined the RDS SE as a Research Adviser in July 2014.  She is a Chartered Psychologist with a Health Psychology background and has varied experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Jo joined the University of Surrey in 2004 as a research fellow and has worked on various research projects including a qualitative exploration of the ways in which nut allergic consumers make food choices, the implementation and evaluation of a food intolerance service in a primary care setting, and an evaluation of the information provided to patients undergoing nuclear medicine procedures.   She also has a research interest in smoking cessation.  Jo has wide experience of project management, study design, data collection and analysis (using both SPSS and NVivo).

Jo has a BSc in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London, and an MSc and PhD in the area of Health Psychology from the University of Surrey.

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