CRF Research Charge Nurse Supports local Charity

Michael Agyemang recently traveled to Ghana to volunteer with the Charity Bright Sight Mission which performs cataract surgery to those who otherwise would not be able to receive treatment.

Learn more about Bright Sight Mission, a local charity here. You can also find out about how to  donate to support future trips or get involved yourself

(February 2016)

Life: A festival of health, from head to toe

Life festival is a celebration of the innovative medicine, dentistry and health research taking place in Sheffield. 

There will be hands-on activities, interactive lab demos, free health checks, theatrical performances, sporting events, film screenings and talks from Sheffield researchers on the latest medical discoveries.

To find out more information on the different activities planned and how to attend please visit the life festival website here

(March 2016)

Getting Research Into Practice (GRiP) 2016

Is there an aspect of the care you provide to patients that could be improved through implementing evidence into practice? If so, you may be interested in applying for funding to undertake a Getting Research into Practice (GRiP) project. GRIP projects are part of the Translating Knowledge into Action theme of NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber’s work to promote the uptake of evidence into practice (
Funding from the Sheffield Hospitals Charitable Trust will enable CLAHRC YH to support up to three
A maximum of £12,000 is available to support each project. Funding can be used to release staff to undertake the project and to provide the necessary resources needed to take the work forward. Funding cannot not be used on equipment or to support conference attendance/publications, as other sources of funding are available within the Trust for this purpose. 

Applications for GRIP project funding must be in the form of a written proposal which should be a
maximum of 4 pages. Further information and guidance on what to include in the proposal can be found here.
You are strongly recommended to contact the team to discuss ideas. Further information and support in
developing proposals can be obtained from: Dan Wolstenholme, tel: 0114 2712230 
Applications must be submitted electronically as a Word document to Beth Stevenson,

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Midday Monday 14th March 2016

(February 2016)

Recent cross regional    public involvement event 

On 12th November 2015 patients, public members and those working to deliver public involvement in their institution gathered to discuss the way forward for public involvement and engagement in research across the Yorkshire & Humber region.

During one workshop the group participated in a World Cafe style event where a question was asked at each of 6 tables and ideas about answers to the question were written on the table cloths covering the table. All of the questions related to one of the 6 common goals of the recent Going the Extra Mile report which sets the tone for public involvement in health and social care research over the next 10 years. 

Other workshops available on the day included ...

  • Equality & diversity in research
  • Alternative & Innovative ways of contacting patients and the public
  • Sharing your NHS data
  • Facilitating PPI in different environments

Feedback from the day was extremely positive with many delegates electing to try to work together across our region to take forward some of the recommendations made. Read all about the outcomes here

(December 2015)

NIHR Sheffield CRF Receives 2015 ClinLife® Top Recruiter Award

The ClinLife® Top Recruiter awards recognize the contribtution of site performance to the overall success of a clinical trial. 

Clariness selects the top performing investigator sites across global patient recruitment programs conducted in 2015. Out of nearly 2,000 sites worldwide the NIHR Sheffield CRF was part of a small percentage awarded.

Well done to the Sheffield team and if you would like to find out more about Clariness and 
ClinLife® visit the website here

(March 2016)

NIHR Sheffield CRF's Jessop Wing team recognised for recruitment efforts 

Congratulations to the Jessop Wing research team for their efforts in recruiting to the Prevail Trial.

The team was congratulated by the study team for reaching their yearly recruitment target in 6 months.

To find out more please visit the Prevail Trial twitter page here

(March 2016)

NIHR Parliamentary Day

The NIHR became the focus in Parliament last week, as Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman MP hosted the first NIHR Parliamentary Day in Westminster.

MPs and Peers were invited to a drop-in event on Wednesday 13 January to learn about the world-class research funded and supported by the NIHR and how, over the last ten years, the NIHR has transformed the research environment in England to become the most integrated health research system in the world.

George Freeman urged MPs to become ambassadors for the NIHR to ensure that patients in their constituencies and beyond continue to get access to the benefits of health research. He also officially launched the start of the ‘NIHR at 10’ celebrations to mark the NIHR's tenth anniversary.

The NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) team helped to organise the event and hosted the ‘growth zone’ - a stand showcasing the NIHR’s contribution to the growth of the economy and to attracting global investment in health research.

We were joined on the stand by Professor Graham Lord, Director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre; Professor Ian Bruce, Director of the NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit; and Professor Sue Mawson, Director of the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Research and Health Care (Yorkshire and Humber).

The stand was visited by MPs who sit on the Science and Technology Select Committee, the Chairman of the All Party Group on Brain Tumours, and several MPs who were interested in finding out about NIHR activities in their local area.

Mark Samuels, Managing Director for NOCRI, said: "The Parliamentary Day was a fantastic opportunity to bring the various parts of the NIHR together to showcase the depth and breadth of our work. There was a great buzz in the room and so much enthusiasm from all involved."


(January 2016)

CRF staff become dementia friends

Meeting the needs of all participants in clinical research is vital and with the number of people living with dementia increasing as we are living longer it is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK will be around 1 million by 2021. 

Clinical research into dementia will be crucial in meeting the challenge of the healthcare needs of our communities.

Some of our staff recently attended an education workshop which was co-delivered by one of our clinical research nurses. 

The learnt about dementia research taking place within the trust and how they can take practical steps to become dementia friends. 

CRF staff who have completed the workshop and are 'dementia friends' can be identified by their lapel badges.
if you are interested in becoming a dementia friend you can learn more at

If you are interested in finding out about how you can take part in dementia research go to

(December 2015)

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Clinical Research

Everything we do in healthcare - every tablet that’s prescribed, every treatment that’s given and every test that’s performed has to be first discovered and then thoroughly evaluated before it can be put into practice. This discovery and evaluation is done in a variety of ways, which collectively we call “research.” And research that involves people, we call “clinical research.”

There is a free online course all about this process of discovery and how it is used to improve healthcare. It looks in detail at why we do research and how we do it and brings to life through cases studies covering topics such as how research is helping to find new ways of treating and providing care for some of the major diseases including cancer and dementia. Through the course there is focus on the important ethical questions raised by clinical research and a look into the future.

Over four weeks, the course speaks to different members of a research team, including academics and clinicians from the National Institute of Health Research and the University of Leeds and from people who have participated in clinical research studies. You will learn how they all make invaluable contributions to the process of discovery. 

By the end, you will have a much better understanding of not only the challenges of conducting clinical research, but also the enormous benefits that it can offer to modern healthcare. For more information and to enrol click here

(March 2016)

Rare Diseases Translational  Research Collaboration

Although individually each disease is rare, together they affect 7% of the population. As a result, they have a high impact on peoples’ lives.

To address this need the
National Institute for Health Research established the NIHR Rare Diseases Translational Research Collaboration

The review of how the first 2 years of the initial 4 year plan has been released and shows feedback from patients; the views of researchers; and the enthusiasm of trainees embarking on rare disease research. The review can be downloaded from the groups website here or find out more below:


(March 2016)

Cancer Treatment Used in Multiple Sclerosis patients here in Sheffield Featured on BBC's Panorama

Monday 18th January 08:30 pm episode of the BBC Panorama programme looks at the development of experimental Multiple Sclerosis treatment here in Sheffield.

Two STH professors, Basil Sharrack and John Snowden will also be appearing on BBC News programmes, including breakfast and evening news, throughout the day to talk about the treatment.

To watch the programme (which will be available for 11 months from Monday 18th January 2016) click here

To view the news story on the BBC click here

(January 2016)

Did You Know that more than half a million people took part in clinical research studies in 2014?

According to the NIHR Clinical Research Network more than 618,000 patients took part in clinical research studies in 2014 and that during the year the Network hit a recruitment milestone of more than three million patients engaged in clinical research studies in just five years.

Clinical research is a vital part of the work of the NHS, and a commitment to conduct, promote and use clinical research to improve patient care is part of the NHS England Constitution. Research provides evidence about “what works” so that treatments for patients can be improved. There is also some research evidence to show that patients do better in hospitals and surgeries that do research – even if they don’t actually take part in a study themselves.

Funded by the Department of Health, the NIHR Clinical Research Network is the research delivery arm of the NHS. The Network funds research nurses and health professionals to identify suitable patients and carry out the clinical activities required by the studies. It also provides funds to cover the cost of using scanners, x-rays and other equipment for research purposes.

Over 98 per cent of NHS Trusts and 41 per cent of General Medical Practices in England now carry out clinical research studies, but Jonathan Sheffield, Chief Executive Officer of the Network believes there is more to do:

“Our vision is for participation in a clinical research study to be a treatment option for all patients, no matter where they are treated or what condition they have."

View the annual statistics here

(December 2015)

CRF Feature in Sheffield Theatres, The Effect

In July 2015 the CRF were asked for guidance on staging a play about participating in a clinical trial. Lucy Prebble's 'The Effect' was acclaimed and the CRF were able to make use of advertising space to raise awareness of the existence of such facilities in their own city. Read a review here