Clinical Team

We have a fantastic clinical team made up of Clinical Team Leaders, Research Sisters, Research Nurses, Clinical Trial Assistants and Support Workers all working together with Investigators across the Trust.

Clinical Team Leaders

Our Clinical Team Leaders provide leadership and management to a dedicated team of research nursing staff within the NIHR CRF and ensure that the highest possible quality of care is delivered which meet and exceed the expectations of individual patients and participants.

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I have always been interested in research and realised early in my nursing career that research is necessary to enable change in the NHS and improve health outcomes for patients and the general public. In my role as a team leader I gain job satisfaction from providing support and guidance to a team of staff and through this facilitate the delivery of high quality research and clinical trials. The role has been particularly rewarding during the COVID-19 pandemic in which we have been able to observe the impact and benefit of our research so quickly and for so many.


Kate Harrington

Clinical Team Leader

Research Sisters

Research Sisters are responsible for coordinating and managing a portfolio of clinical research projects within the CRF, and ensure that the research practice meets the requirements of all applicable legislation and Good Clinical Practice (GCP).


I am very proud to be a Research Sister in the CRF and be part of a fantastic team involved in developing treatments for the future, ensuring high quality evidence based care for our patients.

The current pandemic has highlighted just how imperative research is in developing new, safe treatments.


Kay Housley

Research Sister

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Research Nurses

Our Research Nurse teams work across both sites of the Trust and with over 20 different clinical specialities.

As part of the larger research team, Research Nurses assess, plan, implement and evaluate programmes of care for patients in line with research protocols and deliver research to meet recruitment targets. They are able to see patients or volunteers within the CRF or alternatively, they can visit patients in their regular clinic environment within the Trust to minimise inconvenience to patients and embed research into standard care pathways. Research Nurses ensure that research safeguards are in place to protect the well-being of research subjects and that research is conducted within the regulatory framework.

I enjoy working as a Research Nurse as it allows me to support people who are taking part in research that will positively benefit both themselves and future patients who are living with very challenging medical conditions.


David Foote

Research Nurse

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Higher Level Support Workers/Support Workers

Our Support Worker team provides cross site cover working closely with the Research Nurses and interact closely with patients and visitors to the CRF. They deliver a high quality service and care to research participants and researchers within a dedicated research setting.

The Higher Level Support Workers provide phlebotomy/cannulation, ECG and laboratory support as part of research protocol and also ensure trial specimens are processed and managed, stored and dispatched in accordance with the Human Tissue Act and all study specific laboratory manuals.

I have worked in the Clinical Research Facility in Sheffield for the past 14 years now, which I believe is a testament as to how much I enjoy working on the frontline of research.

My role as a Higher Level Clinical Support Worker is very much a huge variety of ways that I can support all of the Nursing Teams with their studies, from providing a phlebotomy, cannulation and laboratory processing service, to ensuring the facility is fully equipped, amongst other things. It brings so much job satisfaction knowing that as part of a team, we are helping to make a difference in people’s lives.

This year has been challenging to say the least, but to play a part in the COVID-19 vaccine trials is a privilege, and I have never been as proud to work in research as I am right now!


Chris Drake

Higher Level Clinical Support Worker

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