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 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.

International Clinical Trials Day 2017

Join us for 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.

For 2017 we are joining again with the Trust and the University of Sheffield Festival of Arts and Humanities

The following events are planned and can be booked using the links below.


Ask the Researcher’ Afternoon Event

The Circle, 33 Rockingham Ln, Sheffield S1 4FW.  12.30pm- 3.30pm.

Join us for an afternoon of interactive talks and discussions about some of the exciting emergency care and mental health research taking place in Sheffield.

The afternoon will begin at 12.30pm where there will be a welcome lunch and a marketplace of stands and stalls including local NHS trusts, our National Institute for Health Research facilities and our numerous patient and public involvement panels that are dedicated to ensuring that the patient’s perspective is embedded into ongoing research projects in key disease areas. From 1.30pm to 3.30pm, a group of researchers will present and discuss a series of talks on emergency care and mental health research.There will be plenty of opportunity to enter into some thought-provoking discussion with both researchers and members of the public already involved in research.

Tickets for this event are free and can be obtained here.


Tour of the Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

Clinical Research Facility, O Floor, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2JF.  Meet in the CRF reception area.

Take a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities which offer patients a dedicated space to take part in clinical research in a warm and welcoming environment. There will also be the chance to interact with some of the specific tests used in clinical trials.

Tickets for this event are free and can be obtained here.

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

Talk: 6–7pm
Exhibition: 5.30–6pm and 7–7.45pm. 
Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), University of Sheffield, 385a Glossop Rd, Sheffield S10 2HQ

Join us for an evening discussing the importance of researchers working with patients. We will explore research studies where patients have played an influential role and hear how academics can work with patients to transform services. Speakers will include:

  • 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.
  • Dr Esther Hobson from SITraN will speak 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 will be an exhibition to browse before and after the talk with stands showcasing the different ways people can get involved in health research.

Tickets for this event are free and can be obtained here.

Supporting Dementia Awareness

Look out for our CRF research nursing staff who will be supporting Dementia Awareness week by joining with the mobile dementia cafe at the Northern General Hospital campus on May 19th and promoting CRF supported clinical research into dementia. More information will be provided once activities are confirmed.

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 catalogue of 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.