Clinical Research Office. A partnership between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield

Sheffield Emergency Care Forum (SECF)

With the Sheffield University School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) acting as a catalyst, the Sheffield Emergency Care Forum (SECF) was set up as a formal, independent patient and public involvement group in 2010.

Who we are

SECF is a group of people who became interested in clinical research into emergency care provided by the NHS. The main purpose of the group is to assist in research which would help to improve the quality of care given to patients who need to access urgent and emergency care.

How we shape research

As lay members of steering groups, SECF has taken part in many research studies, being involved from the design stage and throughout the length of the project. Members have also helped to disseminate findings to the wider public.

When asked by researchers, SECF have been able to bring together service users for focus groups. The group would be happy to advise any researcher who is hoping to carry out research into NHS emergency care services.

One example of a project that SECF has been involved with is the 'VAN' study, which is attempting to understand why rates of non-conveyance vary between ambulance services and between different localities in ambulance services. Please click on the link below for more information on this project:

 VAN Project Information

For more information about the Accident & Emergency Directorate, please click here
For further information about the group please look at the following documentation.

 SECF Poster

 SECF Flyer

For more information please contact: Enid Hirst (SECF Coordinator) stanenidhirst@hotmail.co.uk