The CRF is involved in a host of events designed to raise awareness of clinical research across the Trust and in the wider community. 

A month by month round up can be read in our diary of events which is updated regularly as events occur.

To look through the diary for events occurring between April 2015 and the end of March 2016 please click here
To look through the diary for events occurring between April 2016 and the end of March 2017 please click here.
To look through the diary for events occurring between April 2017 and the end of March 2018 please click here.

Technology in Health Demonstration Morning at the Advanced Well Being Research Centre: Monday 16th October, starting at 8.45 am

Following a successful Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre Technology Demonstration day last year with Sheffield Children’s Hospital another event is being offered specifically for the Combined Community and Acute Care Group. This is a great opportunity to discover new technology applications, generate or develop project ideas, meet potential collaborators and academics who have delivered successful innovative projects and of course to have fun!

Click here for more information

Sharing Good Practice Festival 2017

The Sharing Good Practice Festival held at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has been running since 2007 and highlights the various great work that is being undertaken in all areas of the Trust. The event features a variety of concurrent sessions, keynote speeches, workshops, and poster presentations from all disciplines and across all the clinical areas, including research.

Course Objectives:

· To share great work in an informal setting

· To network both across the Trust and the wider healthcare communities

· To promote innovation and quality

· To reduce repetition

This year the NIHR Sheffield CRF presented 9 posters from our clinical and admin team, covering clinical research practice, education, clinical/medical science, and research administration:

Developing easier access to Clinical Trial Information for Ward and Outpatient Nurses caring for Research Patients

Leading with Insight

 An e-learning approach for standardising induction into a research role

Expanding research potential through innovative, collaborative workforce development – a novel approach to Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)working within the CRF

Developing family-centred care in a neonatal intensive care unit: the role and value of the research nurse in a multidisciplinary action research team

Collaborative Working with Israel in a Phase 1 Experimental PAH Device Study (Trophy 1)

A Breakthrough in the Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis

Are There Common Factors Amongst People with HIV on ART and Chronic Lung Disease?

 “BRAGing about recruitment”:  Using a digital performance monitoring tool, automatically derived from CRF Manager®, to help research nurses to prioritise recruitment and encouraging team working

Dementia Awareness Week 2017

In support of Dementia Awareness Week 15th-21st May 2017, the neurosciences team from Sheffield Clinical Research Facility, in collaboration with Dementia Research  Nurse Specialist Emily King, sought to raise awareness of dementia research past and present throughout the trust. Patients, staff and visitors were invited to explore Dementia and participate in current studies supported both by the CRF, the NIHR and the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network (CRN). This event was generously support by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust catering department, the Alzheimer's society, and Alzheimer's Research.

International Clinical Trials Day 2017

This year was our biggest celebration yet of the anniversary of the first clinical trial in 1747 when James Lind began his trials into the cause of scurvy on board HMS Salisbury. We joined again with the Trust and the University of Sheffield Festival of Arts and Humanities and enjoyed the events listed below.

A round up of the Day's activities can be seen by clicking here.

Ask the Researcher Event

An afternoon of interactive talks and discussions about some of the exciting emergency care and mental health research taking place in Sheffield. Following a welcome lunch and tour of the marketplace of stands and stalls a group of researchers presented and discussed a series of talks on both emergency care and mental health research.There was plenty of opportunity to enter into some thought-provoking discussion with both researchers and members of the public already involved in research.

Tour of the Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

Our facilities which offer patients a dedicated space to take part in clinical research in a warm and welcoming environment were open for the 6th year running,  providing an opportunity to interact with some of the specific tests used in clinical trials.

People Power: The Value of Working with Patients - Talk and Exhibition

An evening discussing the importance of researchers working with patients.  Research studies where patients have played an influential role were featured and academics demonstrated how we can work together to transform services. 

  • Professor Brendan Stone from the School of English, was given the Excellence in Patient Experience Award by the NHS Yorkshire and Humber Leadership Academy in recognition of his work to improve support services for people with mental health issues. He spoke about how this work evolved.
  • Dr Esther Hobson from SITraN spoke about patient and public involvement both through the Sheffield Motor Neurone Disease (MND)Research Advisory Group and involvement on specific projects including the Sheffield Support Snood, MyTube (an information website made with patients for patients with MND) and TiM (telehealth in MND).

There was an exhibition to browse before and after the talk with stands showcasing the different ways people can get involved in health research.

Click here for a summary of the day's events.

You can learn more about previous celebrations of International Clinical Trials Day by clicking the links below...

World Kidney Day 2017


On Thursday 9th March CRF Research Nurse Yvonne Jackson presented at the Sheffield celebration of World Kidney Day 2017, which this year focused on obesity.

Yvonne spoke about clinical research in renal disease which is supported by the specialist research team at the CRF.

The evening event took place between 5 and 7 pm and information stalls open before the talks began allowed the opportunity to ask questions and talk to staff.

NIHR Sheffield Clinical Research Facility celebrates 10 years of supporting clinical research in Sheffield

During the week of 13th February 2017 and to coincide with St Valentine's Day the CRF celebrated it's 10th birthday with an 'I love research' theme. 

Research participants who were visiting the CRF were invited to share in our celebration with cake and orange juice available all week in each of the CRF waiting areas. Booklets thanking them for their contribution were available and we also had a wishing tree where anyone was able to hang their wish for the next 10 years of clinical research.

To spread the word about clinical research we also invited some children from local nursery Sunflower Children's Centre  to make us some birthday cards to help us to celebrate. So that their families are aware of clinical research and our facility in Sheffield we sent home a list of useful websites about clinical research and how to get involved for parents and carers to look through.

NIHR Voices: A Regional Public Involvement Event  - 10 November 2016

This event, now in its second year, was held at Weetwood Hall in Leeds with a focus on diversity and inclusion in public involvement in clinical research. 

We were lucky enough to have Simon Denegri, the NIHR National Director for Patients and the Public and Chair of INVOLVE as our guest speaker.

You can read more about what was discussed on the day by clicking here

There is also an opportunity for you to find out more about getting involved with the NIHR Voices Group and the projects that they are currently working on, all of which are currently looking for volunteers to join them. 

You can also access to poems that the group created around the theme of the day and add the date for the 2017 NIHR Voices event on 9th November 2017 to your diaries - save the date, it's going to be another great day for us to meet region wide and find ways to connect with each other and work together whoever we are and whatever our experience.

Renal Patient Partnership Event - November 2016

Thanks to all who participated in a great Patient Engagement Afternoon on the 28th November which showcased what the Sheffield Kidney Institute does well and asked the question "what can we do better?" 14 different Kidney teams including the CRF displayed how they work with renal patients and asked health colleagues, carers and patients how can we improve patient partnerships.  In addition there were stands from ‘Ok to Stay’, Sheffield Patient Engagement and the Heart of England trust ‘ACE’ peer to peer programmes that showed how other teams and trusts are working with patients to better deliver cooperative care and support.  The event concluded with an open discussion about what we can do better.

Next steps are to document in a simple, patient friendly manner, the key messages from each of the Kidney pathway teams and determine how to take forward specific culture changes such as  ‘Measure your blood pressure at home’.

Alzheimer's Society Cupcake Day CRF Event - June 2016

On 16th June 2016 the CRF facilitated an event to coincide with Cupcake Day to help people learn more about CRF supported clinical research into dementia happening in Sheffield. 

CRF Research Nurse Kamel Bouakline and Clinical Trials Assistant Alisha Patel manned a stand on M Floor answering questions and making people aware of the outcomes of local research.  

This nationwide event raises money for the Alzheimer’s society in order to help continue research into dementia, as well as supporting people and their families living with dementia. 

For more information call us on 0114 2713339 and ask for Kamel who will be happy to help.