About us

GroupPhoto above of staff at the NIHR/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility

The NIHR/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Birmingham comprises adult and paediatric facilities based at University Hospital Birmingham and Birmingham Children's Hospital. The facility provides high-quality clinical environments where patients take part in experimental and complex research studies.

The proximity of the adult facility to the University of Birmingham and new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, including the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, allows clinicians and University academics to expand an exciting portfolio of translational research and to respond to increased demand from Pharma companies. Innovations include a unique gene/cell therapy facility which will underpin the NIHR Liver Biomedical Research Unit and Surgical Reconstruction/Microbiology Centre.

The NIHR/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, Birmingham is the focus for training tomorrow's clinical academics and health care professionals, which is reflected in outstanding output of high impact publications. Our aim is to expand our "Ageless" programme of research from infancy to old age, focussing on patient engagement and delivering excellence in Experimental Medicine, particularly in the areas of rare diseases, stratified medicine, inflammation, trauma, infection and ageing.

Aims of the CRF...

  • to provide a high quality clinical environment in which patients and healthy participants can undergo research programmes safely in accordance with Good Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Research Governance Framework
  • to translate research into clinical care – we promote a strong collaboration between investigators in Academia and the NHS
  • to promote Clinical Research within the NHS – we contribute to the Induction Programme for all new Consultants appointed at UHBFT
  • to be adaptable - the Facility was designed to be multipurpose and we aim to support all suitable study types across different specialities
  • to be a leader in Research Education – we run training programmes and conferences for clinical and non-clinical researchers
  • to ensure our staff are motivated and valued – we actively encourage staff personal development and ensure they are trained in any study-specific techniques.