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

Our Partners

The Clinical Research and Innovation Office works closely with clinical research partners from across Sheffield to deliver a cohesive and joined-up support network capable of transforming health and healthcare.


Research Services

Based at the University of Sheffield, the Research Services team support researchers across the University and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation to secure research funding from UK and international funders, including expert advice and guidance on undertaking knowledge exchange, demonstrating impact, commercial output, early career researcher development and good research practice.

Research Design Service Yorkshire & Humber

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, the Research Design Service Yorkshire & Humber supports researchers to develop and design high quality research proposals to the National Institute for Health Research and other national, peer reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.

All services are provided free of charge, and can help researchers transform ideas into research proposals or develop existing research proposals.

Clinical Trials Research Unit

Based at the School of Health and Social Health (ScHARR), a centre of excellence in research, teaching and consultancy across health services research, health economics and public health based at the University of Sheffield, the Clinical Trials Research Unit provides support and mentorship to ensure that researchers develop high quality grant proposals.

Key services provided include:

  • Support with the planning and running of clinical trials
  • Advice on design and conduct of clinical trials, including international regulatory standards in clinical, community and general practice settings.

Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

Sheffield BRC is an NIHR-funded research partnership dedicated to improving the treatment and care of people with chronic neurological disorders, and is the UK's only Biomedical Research Centre dedicated to Neurology. 

Broadlly, the Sheffield BRC will:

  • Identify ‘biomarkers’ in patients – these are molecules or measurable signals found in the body that can act as a sign of disease, or of something abnormal going on in the body
  • Develop ways for biomarkers to tell us if a patient is responding to treatment
  • Categorise patients with similar biological characteristics into groups so they can receive tailored treatments and therapies
  • Use all this information to develop new drugs and treatments


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The Clinical Research Network

The Clinical Research Network provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments. They help researchers to set up clinical studies quickly and effectively; support the life-sciences industry to deliver their research programmes; provide health professionals with research training; and work with patients to ensure their needs are at the very centre of all research activity.

To find out more about the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network Yorkshire and Humber click here.

Devices for Dignity (D4D) MedTech Co-operative

Devices for Dignity is one of 11 national MedTech and In vitro diagnostic Co-operatives (MICs).

D4D are funded by the NIHR to act as a catalyst within the NHS for the development of new medical devices, healthcare technologies and technology-dependent interventions. They focus on developing technology solutions to meet clinical needs and for chronic health conditions that are often overlooked, and that are typically associated with loss of dignity and independence, and poor patient outcomes.

D4D is led by Professor Wendy Tindale OBE, who provides scientific leadership for one of the largest NHS centres of medical technology in the UK as Innovation Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Sheffield Experimental Cancer Medicines Centre (ECMC)

Sheffield ECMC leads translational clinical trials, with clinical trials across a wide range of tumour type and modalities currently open within our portfolio. 
Building on considerable strengths in scientific and clinical cancer research across a number of tumour type, work is centred around 4 main strands; Bone Oncology, Nucleic Acid and Genome Biology, Radiotherapy and Thoracic Malignancies and Rare Tumours.
Covering a patient population of 2.1million,  including district hospitals in Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley and Chesterfield. The main hub, Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield, is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England. 
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The Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network

The Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network is one of 15 innovative health networks set up to create and harness a strong, purposeful partnership between patients, health services, industry, and academia to achieve a significant improvement in the health and wealth of the population.

The Network will ensure that practical products and services which could transform healthcare are brought to the clinic quicker and faster by reconnecting industry, leading universities and NHS partners.

Key programmes include:

  • Transforming patient care through the Network’s Improvement Academy and Integrated Intelligence and Information service, which is reducing variations in clinical practice, spreading best practice in key patient safety areas, including preventing patient falls and avoidable hospital deaths
  • Improving health and wealth by working with local businesses to rapidly bring new healthcare ideas, services and products to the NHS for patient benefit, in turn creating wealth for the region
  • Delivering tailored workplace health promotion programmes to boost employee health, morale and productivity, saving the NHS £3 for every £1 spent in sickness absence alone.


Medipex is a healthcare innovation hub for NHS organisations across
the Yorkshire & Humber and East Midlands regions and industry and
academia internationally. They connect the NHS with industry and
academia, sharing their knowledge of the NHS and commercialisation
processes to facilitate the innovation cycle.

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