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Clinical Research Facilities

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The Northern Care Alliance has three dedicated Clinical Research Facilities.

The Salford Royal Clinical Research Facility 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, supporting experimental and translation research in key areas,

It has purpose built facilities  to enhance patients’ experience of being involved in clinical research, fully equipped examination rooms, a temperature controlled pharmacy store and a lab processing area and an IV infusion area. It is based in Barnes Building, named after former Executive Medical Director Peter Barnes who helped to develop one of the country’s first mobile coronary care units.



The recently opened unit at Fairfield General Hospital has an on-site research physician and is able to run Phase II to Phase Iv trials. It is working towards Phase 1 trials and has the capacity to extend to a 12-bed clinical area.

The Royal Oldham’s Clinical Research Facility includes a dedicated children’s CRF used exclusively for paediatric studies, as well as a separate unit for research with adults. The main adult patient area has facilities for six patients at a time.

Recruiting to ‘time and target’ and an ethos of ‘inspection readiness’ underpins the success and reliability of our CRFs – with patient safety at the heart of everything we do.

With the expert support of the R&I department, the Clinical Research Steering Committee, pharmacy and other departments across the trust, local Universities and partner institutions such as the Wellcome Trust CRF, we offer flexible study management to deliver research to the highest standard.

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