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Health and Care Research Wales

Type of organisation: NHS, Contract Research & Testing

Health and Care Research Wales is a networked organisation, supported by Welsh Government, which brings together a wide range of partners across the NHS in Wales, local authorities, universities, research institutions, third sector and others. We work together to promote research into diseases, treatments, services and outcomes that can lead to discoveries and innovations which can improve and even save people’s lives.

We provide centralised support for the health and social care research community in Wales. We have dedicated services to facilitate an increase in commercial research in health and social care in Wales, particularly through strong industry engagement. We work closely with national and international stakeholders from, industry, academia and the health and social care sector.

We offer a One Wales approach to research delivery, which enables:

  • National early feedback on feasibility across all sites in Wales
  • Nationally coordinated site identification
  • Rapid feedback from clinical specialty leads and delivery experts
  • Enhanced study set-up – coordinated across all sites in Wales
  • Single study-specific point of contact for sponsors for all sites in Wales
  • One Wales costing and contracting – a single price for Wales and a single review of contracts
  • Agile research delivery – to achieve all-Wales target recruitment
  • Collaborative working to overcome challenges and share learning


Health and Care Research Wales’ Research community:

Brain Repair And Intracranial Neurotherapeutics (BRAIN) Unit

Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR)

Centra for Trials Research (CTR)

Centre for Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)

Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) Partnership

Diabetes Research Group Swansea (DRG)

Health and Care Economics Cymru

National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH)

National Centre of Population Health and Wellbeing Research

North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health and Social Care (NWORTH)

PRIME Centra Wales (Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research)

SAIL Databank

Swansea Trials Unit

Wales Cancer Bank

Wales Cancer Research Centre

Wales COVID-19 Evidence Centre

Wales Kidney Research Unit

Wales Gene Park

Wales School of Social Prescribing Research

Find out more here.

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Phone:+44 (0)2920 230 457

Location:Castlebridge 4
15-19 Cowbridge Road East
CF11 9AB

Health and Care Research Wales news articles

25 March 2024

How brave bowel cancer survivor Julie is helping to move research forwards

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17 March 2024

Two years of shared commitment to public involvement in research

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6 March 2024

Public Health Research Prioritisation Committee – membership opportunities

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