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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, Project Management Groups and as co-applicants, 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.

For more information about SECF, please see our website here
For more information about the Accident & Emergency Directorate, please click here
For further information about the group please see out latest flyer with details of how to get involved in the panel here and see our recent newsletter (June 2020) which can be found here.
For more information please email


List of research studies in which SECF members have been involved  - 2010 to 2020
  • RATPAC:   Randomised Assessment of Treatment using Panel Assay of Cardiac markers
  • DAVROS:   Development And Validation of Risk-adjusted Outcomes for Systems of emergency care  
  • AHEAD:   Monitoring anti-coagulated head injury patients
  • BYPASS:   Comparing triage and direct transfer to specialist centres with delivery to the nearest hospital 
  • National Evaluation of Junior Doctor Training in Emergency Departments
  • PAINTED 1 and PAINTED 2:  Pandemic Influenza Triage in the Emergency Department 
  • Decision Making and Safety in Emergency Care Transition
  • EASY: Hospital Characteristics affecting  potentially avoidable emergency admissions
  • PhOEBE:  Pre-hospital Outcomes for Evidence Based Evaluation
  • DiPeP:   Diagnosis of Pulmonary embolism in Pregnancy 
  • VAN:  Variation in Ambulance Non-Conveyance  
  • ClosED:  Impact of Closing Emergency Departments in England
  • EDARA:  Evaluating the Diversion of Alcohol Related Attendances
  • ACUTE:  Ambulance CPAP: Use, Treatment effect and Economics feasibility study   
  • CLAHRC Y&H Avoiding attendance and Admission in long term conditions
  • IMPEDE:  Improving Management of Pain in Emergency Departments
  • DEUCE:  Drivers of Demand for Emergency and Urgent CarE services
  • Ideal Urgent and Emergency Care System:  Public and Healthcare staff perspectives 
  • Telephone Triage of Identification of Potential Critical Illness using NHS Pathways
  • Interpersonal Touch Intervention for Patients in Intensive Care
  • NHS111 Online Evaluation
  • SINEPOST:  Safety INdEx of Prehospital  On Scene Triage
  • SPQR:  Safety for Patients through Quality Review
  • TILLI:  Thromboprophylaxis In Lower Limb Immobilisation
  • VTEAM study:  Venous Thromboembolism Assessment Model.  
  • PHEWS:  Pre-Hospital Early Warning Scores for Sepsis 
  • Connected:   mediCines Optimisation oN iNtensivE Care unit patiEnt Discharge
  • SARC: Salbutomol for Renal Colic
  • Tools for Life:  Data Sharing and Public Health:   Welcome Trust
  • MATTS:  MAjor Trauma Triage Tool study
  • PROMS:  PRedictive modelling Of Major Trauma PROMS using machine learning.
  •  PRIEST:  Pandemic Respiratory Infection Emergency System Triage
  • Pre-Hospital  PRIEST:  Extension of the PRIEST study
N.B. This list is not exhaustive. We have welcomed researchers’ presentations other than those listed and have given feedback and advice when requested -even during the lockdown. Many of the above research studies are ongoing/paused and new applications delayed during the COVID-19 crisis.