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 three 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)
- Children's Clinical Research Facility (CCRF)
Nursing and Clinical teams
The Nursing and Clinical team includes CRF based research nurses, specialist Lead Research Nurses for Phase 1 and Education 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 Support Assistants, Clinical Support Workers and Clinical Measurement Technicians and administrative support.
We also have nurses appointed from the Scottish Children’s Research Network.
Our adult clinical facilities at the WTCRF and RIECRF 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.
Our Children’s Clinical Research Facility (CCRF) is the first Accredited Phase I unit in Scotland and is embedded within the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, 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.