What is the Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS)?

The All Wales Research Design and Conduct Service (RDCS) is a Health and Care Research Wales funded initiative operating through three trials units across Wales: Swansea Trials Unit (STU, Swansea University), South East Wales Trials Unit (SEWTU, Cardiff University); North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (NWORTH, Bangor University); and with support from the Welsh Health Economics Support Service (WHESS).


Advice is available on all aspects of developing grant applications, including:

  • Focusing ideas and refining the research question(s)
  • Building an appropriate research team
  • Involving patients and carers in all stages of the research process
  • Overall research design
  • Choice and application of research methodologies for both qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Choice and application of health economic objectives and methods
  • Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs)
  • How to conduct literature searches and undertake systematic reviews
  • Identifying the resources required for a successful project
  • Identifying suitable funding opportunities
  • Signposting researchers to other sources of research expertise and support, including identifying possible research partners


If you need advice, please download the RDCS Request for Support form and return the completed form to

The Research Design & Conduct Service (RDCS) Charter sets out the quality and scope of advice offered by our design service. It also lists the expectations we have from researchers accessing our advice.