Nursing and Clinical
Our Nursing and Clinical team provides a high quality clinical environment in which patients and healthy volunteers can safely participate in research.
Edinburgh CRF clinical services operate across four physical locations and offer purpose built facilities and experienced research staff. Our facilities are:
- Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (WTCRF)
- Royal Infirmary Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility (RIECRF)
- Centre for Dementia Prevention Clinical Research Facility (CDPCRF)
- Children's Clinical Research Facility (CCRF)
Nursing and Clinical teams
The Nursing and Clinical team includes CRF based research nurses, a specialist Lead Research Nurse for Phase I and Education, team of Critical Care research nurses and a small community research nurse team capable of recruiting and seeing patients in their GP Practice or their own home.
Underpinning the research nurses are support personnel including Project Assistants, Clinical Support Workers and Clinical Measurement Technicians and administrative support.
We have nurses appointed from the following networks:
- Scottish Diabetes Research Network (SDRN)
- Scottish Mental Health Research Network (SMHRN)
- Scottish Children's Research Network (ScotCRN)
The CRF has provided GCP and ILS training to a small ‘bank’ of NHS Lothian nurses who are now available should a trial require additional staff resource. This allows the facility to operate a 24 hour service if required.
Our adult clinical facilities at the WTCRF, RIECRF and CDP are accessible to researchers of all disciplines, providing a safe clinical setting to facilitate the delivery of experimental medicine research.
Our team of experienced Community Research Nurses supports a wide variety of research projects within primary care across a diverse range of clinical specialities.
The Scottish Mental Health Research Network (SMHRN) is headquartered in Edinburgh, with a Scotland-wide Management Group comprised of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen based senior academic clinicians. The network also employs Associate Directors in Statistics, Database and Genetics and regionally based Research Assistants and Research Nurses, as well as dedicated administrative support.
Our Children’s Clinical Research Facility (CCRF) is the first Accredited Phase I unit in Scotland and is embedded within the Royal Hospital of Sick Children Edinburgh.
Our nursing teams provide support for the delivery and conduct of research studies whilst providing specialist nursing care and management of research subjects.
Research nurses are trained in Immediate Life Support (ILS) or Paediatric Immediate Life Support (PILS) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) as standard, and hold basic as well as advanced clinical competencies including venepuncture, cannulation, and the administration of chemotherapeutic and biological agents.
Facilities and Infrastructure
Clinical facilities across sites include intensive studies rooms, inhalation cubicles suitable for gene therapy, consultation rooms, study bedrooms and day study areas.
As well as offering dedicated clinical studies space, our infrastructure includes managed and calibrated research specific equipment and capability and space for sample processing and storage.
Our dedicated teams provide a high quality clinical environment in which patients and healthy volunteers can undergo research studies safely and effectively according to robust, ethically approved protocols.