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 cohesive and joined-up support network capable of transforming health and healthcare.

Research & Innovation Services

Based at the University of Sheffield, the Research & Innovation 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 exising 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 interntional regulatory standards in clinical, community and general practice settings

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. We 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.


The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC YH)

The Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care were created to help ensure research evidence was used to improve health services. They have done this by conducting applied research, translating research into healthcare practice, and increasing the capacity of health services to undertake more applied research and translation in the future.

The pilots Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for South Yorkshire and Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Leeds, York and Bradford 2008 to 2013 have worked together to create an exciting new collaboration encompassing the whole Yorkshire and Humber region.

Professor Sue Mawson is the Director and provides strategic leadership to nine key themes:

  1. Evidence Based Transformation with the NHS            
  2. Translating Knowledge into Action
  3. Health Economics and Outcome measurements
  4. Telehealth and Care technologies
  5. Public Health and Inequalities
  6. Primary care based management of frailty in older people
  7. Avoiding attendance and admissions in long term conditions
  8. Mental health co-morbidities
  9. Healthy Children, Healthy families

These themes have their own programmes of work and for the next five years will continue to deliver exciting applied research with direct impacts on the people and health economy of Yorkshire and Humber



The Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network

The Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network is one of 15 new 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.

Over the next five years, 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.

Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-Operative

A flagship initiative funded by the National Institute for Health and Research since 2008, the Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative provides hands-on expertise to enable the development, adoption and spread of new innovations.

NIHR Devices for Dignity HTC works in partnership with a network of clinical experts, patients, carers, designers, engineers, academics, funders and industry to develop technology solutions to unmet clinical needs whilst helping people to maintain or regain their independence and dignity.

Our areas of expertise are:

  • Assistive and Rehabilitative Technologies – to enable people with long-term conditions or disabilities to gain greater control over their lives
  • Paediatric Technologies – to create health technologies specifically designed with children in mind
  • Renal Technologies – to help people with kidney disease regain their independence
  • Urinary Continence Management – designing and creating new products to give independence and dignity back to people with urinary continence issues.


We develop solutions through a process that can include identification, validation, development, evaluation and commercialisation of technologies.

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 Scientific Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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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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