Laboratory, nursing and research staff

Facilities for research

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Clinical Research Facilities

The Northern Care Alliance has three dedicated Clinical Research Facilities.

The Barnes Clinical Research Facility at Salford Royal has the infrastructure and capability to run Phase I-IV trials and a dedicated on-site clinical research physician. The unit has broad experience in CTIMP, observational and device studies in a variety of specialties. Salford Royal also has a dedicated Hyperacute Stroke Research Centre.

The Fairfield General Clinical Research Facility has an on-site research physician and is able to run Phase II-IV trials. It has the capacity to extend to a 12-bed clinical area and plans are in place for it to deliver Phase 1 trials.

The Royal Oldham’s Clinical Research Facility has a separate children’s research facility for paediatric studies as well as the main unit for research with adults, which has facilities for six patients at a time.


Experienced and specialist pharmacy staff support research before, during and after a study is active. Specialist clinical trials pharmacists and technicians are based at the Royal Oldham and Salford Royal and their role also includes training general pharmacy staff to support studies.


Our research-active pathology team provides expert advice and support for study set-up and flexible support one trials are up and running. It offers a comprehensive and wide ranging diagnostic, analytical, interpretative and advisory service covering biochemistry, cellular pathology, haematology, immunology and microbiology.

Medical physics

We have an expert clinical engineering and medical physics team designing, constructing, adapting and repairing devices for clinical research. Our engineers have experience in developing and testing software, electronic, optical and mechanical systems and operate under an ISO9001 quality management system.


Studies that require imaging can access general X-rays. CT, MRI, ultrasound, DEXA and fluoroscopy scans as well as our nuclear medicine facilities. We work closely wit the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre at the University of Manchester, which has two research-dedicated clinical PET scanners and one pre-clinical PET camera.

Informatics and digital systems

Salford’s integrated Electronic Patient Record has safely brought together all GP and hospital records in the city for more than 15 years, enabling better delivery of care and highly innovative research. Our collaboration with North West e-Health puts us at the cutting edge of patient identification and accurate feasibility.

Salford Royal is a Global Digital Exemplar delivering exceptional care through the use of world-class digital technology and information. The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is also delivering new digital technology and electronic pathways, as a Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) Fast Follower with funding from NHS England.