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HSMC is now a partner in the Research Design Service West Midlands which provides support to those preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research: Iestyn Williams will be acting as advisor on health services and delivery research.

RDS West Midlands is part of a network of regional support services funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). They form a key part of the research infrastructure and provide advice and guidance free of charge through consultation with experts and use of online resources.

The Director of RDS WM is Professor Neil Thomas who is based at the Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham.  For more information on the service see