Dr Andrew Bateman, Chair of the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF) since 2017, is now the new Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service (RDS) East of England (EoE). Based at the University of Essex, Andrew will combine the role with his appointment as a Reader in the School of Health and Social Care at the University.
Commenting on his appointments Andrew said: “I’m looking forward to closely liaising with RDS colleagues throughout the East of England and also with Directors of the other RDSs in England to provide a seamless and equitable service to health researchers in the region applying for peer-reviewed funding. The School of Health and Social Care provides training to occupational therapists, speech therapists, nurses, psychologists and more so I’m also looking forward to supporting multidisciplinary health research at the University of Essex.”
The NIHR funds the RDS to provide design and methodological support to health and social care researchers. The RDS aims to increase the quantity and quality of successful grant applications to the NIHR and other national peer-reviewed funding programmes. RDS EoE is one of ten regional services across England and covers the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. With its central office based at the University of Essex, RDS EoE has partner organisations and research advisers at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Universities of Bedfordshire, East Anglia and Hertfordshire.
Andrew has worked in research and clinical rehabilitation since 1990 when he qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist (East London). After completing a PhD in Neuropsychology at the University of Birmingham he then worked at the Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in Ely. His interests cover a wide range of topics including outcome research, executive functions, assistive technology, social media in rehabilitation, dyspraxia and Rasch Analysis.
Currently Andrew is also President of The Society of Research in Rehabilitation.