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National Institute for Health Research Sheffield Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

Where is the National Institute for Health Research Sheffield Clinical Research Facility located?

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Sheffield Clinical Research Facility operates from both the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the Northern General Hospital within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. The NIHR Sheffield Clinical Research Facility is a partnership between the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of Sheffield. It offers purpose built, state-of-the-art, dedicated research facilities, which provide a specialist environment for the conduct of high quality clinical research. The CRF is funded in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the University of Sheffield.

What facilities and expertise does the NIHR Sheffield CRF provide for researchers?

The NIHR Sheffield CRF offers dedicated space to investigators undertaking all types of clinical research including pharmaceutical and experimental medicine studies. It has the capacity to care for both out patients and in patients and works hard to provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment for both patients and researchers ensuring that data generated from its clinical trials is documented in a timely and accurate manner.

An experienced and enthusiastic team of specialist research nurses and support staff will provide researchers with a comprehensive and accessible service tailored to meet the requirements for study set up and study conduct. The CRF nursing team have the experience and expertise to assist researchers in devising a deliverable recruitment strategy to identify suitable participants. They will also help with the contacting of potential participants, conducting study visits and processing samples. In addition to nursing and technical support, the CRF has a dedicated team of senior administrators who, in conjunction with the Clinical Research Office core team, can support investigators through the entire governance and approval process. The CRF team will also ensure that data post-approval is entered in a timely and accurate manner. The CRFs accountant has expertise in managing clinical trial budgets including tracking and reporting of clinical research income.


The unit is fully equipped and has well established processes in place to ensure the required research and clinical governance standards are met. All staff working in the CRF are fully trained in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and comply to a comprehensive set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

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First Edition of CRF Newsletter

The CRF has released the first edition of their new quarterly newsletter. The newsletter gives an overview of the CRF, describing the facilities that are available and provides a summary of current research, education and other activities. To download the newsletter, please click here.


Contact Details

Principal contact:
Karen French, CRF Manager,
Royal Hallamshire Hospital
O Floor,
Glossop Road,
South Yorkshire,
S10 2JF
Telephone: 0114 271 3339
Fax: 0114 226 8993
Northern General Hospital,
1st Floor,
Centre for Biomedical Research,
Herries Road,
S5 7AU
Telephone: 0114 271 5779
Fax: 0114 271 4548
Additional contact:
Rachel Whelpton, Service Co-ordinator
Clinical Research Facility,
O Floor,
Royal Hallamshire Hospital,
Glossop Road,
S10 2JF
Telephone: 0114 22 65860
Fax: 0114 226 8993
The Clinical Director of the CRF is Professor Chris Newman,