NHS Research Scotland

The Challenge

As the publicly-funded healthcare system in Scotland and one of the four systems comprising the UK National Health Service, NHS Scotland operates 14 territorial boards, seven non-geographic health boards and Public Health Scotland.


NHS Research Scotland (NRS) is a partnership of Scottish NHS Boards and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of the Scottish Government, working to ensure NHS Scotland provides the best environment to support clinical research. They operate a full spectrum of around 1,500 clinical trials at any one time, with around 35-40K recruits per year.


Their key challenge was the lack of a centralised and united data source for all clinical research taking place in Scotland.

The solution - ReDA

NRS invested in ReDA which not only addresses the need for a united data source, it also provides a robust approach to clinical trial management. In particular, it gives NRS valuable clarity in terms of Key Performance Indicators like approval times.

“We run the full spectrum of clinical trials. Having a united data source for the entirety of clinical research going on in Scotland provides invaluable Management Information.” – Ian Anderson – NRS-CMT/NRS Information Services Manager