Laboratory, nursing and research staff

Facilities for research

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Clinical Research Facilities

The Northern Care Alliance has two 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.


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.

NCA also uses world-class digital technology and information to deliver high quality care.

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