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Dr David Ellard

Job Title
Associate Professor
Department
WMS - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
Phone
02476 574650
Research Interests

I am a researcher working in Clinical trials. My particular interests are in research methodology and I am often labelled a qualitative researcher but I have a background in wet sciences so understand both perspectives and class myself as a mixed methods researcher. I therefore have expertise in both qualitative (interviews, focus groups and/or ethnographic observations) and quantitative methodologies and analysis. I provide expertise in the design and evaluation of clinical trials in particular process evaluation. Areas of interest in terms of health research include the health and well-being of elderly residents in nursing/care homes (particularly those with cognitive impairment), low back pain, self-management of long-term conditions and working in collaboration with others aiming to reduce neonatal and maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa (Malawi and Tanzania). In late 2016 I joined the Trauma and Orthopaedic team as a Principal Research Fellow to help the team develop and grow its research portfolio.

Biography

My research career began in 2003 as a Senior Research Assistant working for Prof. Julie Barlow's team in the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Health, at Coventry University. Prof. Barlow and her team were at the forefront of the development and evaluation of the 'Lorig' Chronic disease self-management programme which evolved into the 'Expert Patients Programme'. In 2004 I was promoted to Research Fellow and I was funded on research grants including several small charity grants in my own right including a PhD studentship who successfully completed and published. In early 2008 I moved to Warwick CTU taking the opportunity to work as part of a team doing more substantial projects. I made a major contribution to the OPERA trial which took five years to complete with the main papers coming out in 2013/4. Alongside this I have established myself as leader in process evaluations alongside trials of complex interventions. Since arriving at Warwick I have been a co-applicant on multiple successful grant applications. I am now developing a steady stream of high quality research outputs as projects complete. In late 2016 I joined the Trauma and Orthopaedic team as a Principal Research Fellow to help the team develop and grow its research portfolio.

Title Funder Award start Award end
KARDS NIHR HTA Via Leeds: Second Stage National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2019 30 Sep 2024
NIHR HTA Second Stage via Leeds University: KARDS: Joint distraction for knee osteoarthritis without alignment correction National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2019 31 Mar 2024
ARTISAN National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Jun 2018 30 Nov 2021
PGfAR Full application: Chronic Headache Educations and Self-management Study (CHESS): Resubmission National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 05 Jan 2015 31 Oct 2020
Development of Individual Supported Employment work-placements to Improve the health-related Quality of Life of people with chronic pain who are unemployed (ISEIQoL)- ARUK Arthritis Research UK 02 Jan 2017 30 Apr 2019
Re-cost- 46594 HS&DR via Queen's University Belfast - REACH- non-randomised pilot study and process evaluation. National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2016 31 Mar 2018
3 month extention- NIHR via BTHFT- REACH (original record- 31662) National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Nov 2017 31 Jan 2018
NIHR PGfAR VIA LEEDS: Strategies to enhance routine physical activity in care homes: a feasibility study: National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Oct 2012 30 Sep 2017
Primary care treatment of pain-related insomnia: A feasibility study of ahybrid cognitive-behavioural approach National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2014 30 Sep 2016
Sandhu, Harbinder / Dystonia Society grant / proof of concept study into CBT and dystonia Dystonia Society 01 Mar 2014 31 Aug 2014
NIHR Programme Grant - FULL - Revised: Treatment of Back Pain National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Oct 2010 30 Sep 2013
RDS Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Bursary National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Feb 2013 31 May 2013
OPERA study qualitative follow-up - VARIATION TO CONTRACT 2 The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) 01 Feb 2011 31 Oct 2011