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Research, evaluation, and evidence are vital to delivering sustainable healthcare improvements and better outcomes for the population we serve. Based in Newcastle, our Research and Evidence Team work with and on behalf of each CCG in North East and North Cumbria, North Yorkshire CCG, and Vale of York CCG. We support them to meet the statutory duty to promote research, and support the use of evidence in decision-making. We also work to deliver independent evaluation services for local, regional and national stakeholders.

We can support and advise on developing research projects and proposals, research governance, working collaboratively to support and deliver research, disseminating results, and using evidence in practice. We can also scope, develop, and deliver evaluation services to meet your requirements.

Please contact us for advice, to discuss our services or join our mailing list:


Phone: 0191 217 2748

Twitter: @NECSRETeam

Address: Research & Evidence Team, NHS North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS), 2nd floor, Riverside House, Goldcrest Way, Newburn Riverside, Newcastle, NE15 8NY

Our team

Dr Shona Haining
Head of Research & Evidence

Dr Iain Loughran
Senior Research Manager

Helen Riding
Research Manager

Dr Joanne Smith
Research Manager

Helen Martin
Research & Evaluation Co-ordinator

Alison Janes
Research & Evaluation Co-ordinator

Chloe Thompson
Research & Evaluation Project Officer