Early phase research

Early phase research

Across our hospitals, we have a network of research facilities that together form the Nottingham Clinical Research Facility (CRF).

Nottingham is one of 23 specialist clinical research facilities in England, bringing together the latest cutting-edge technology with world-leading clinical expertise.  These facilities are accredited by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research arm of the NHS.  This accreditation is an indication of the quality and excellence of our facilities and the teams of researchers, clinicians and scientists based here.

Our facilities

We have over 2,000m2 of clinical research space, managed by staff expert in developing and delivering experimental medicine.

Our network of facilities enables us to develop early phase research into treatments and medicines that will benefit patients in our hospitals and across the world.

Our expertise

At the heart of the facilities in Nottingham is our expertise in translational Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Alongside substantial investments from UK research funding bodies, the NHS and the University of Nottingham, the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre is recognised internationally as a leading centre for translational research. The Centre combines the expertise and multidisciplinary skills of both Magnetic Resonance physicists and clinical academics.

Developing a new medicine requires a diverse range of expertise. The Nottingham CRF brings together the academic, clinical, NHS and industry expertise required to effectively deliver complex studies and early phase research.

Our facilities benefit from co-location with the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, the Emergency Department and Intensive Care units at NUH, enabling us to deliver a diverse range of studies safely and with the support of world-leading clinicians.