Category: Get Involved!


Involving children and young people at the CRF

At the Cambridge Clinical Research Facility (CRF) we are always keen to hear the views of children and young people who have taken part in our research, or who are just interested in finding out more about what we do.

If you’re a young person interested in taking part in research, have a look at the videos on this page or read the information which together may help you decide if research is for you!

Click on your age group below for more information about taking part in a study, or if you would like to take part in a study which the CRF runs, more information is here

Taking part in research

This is Katie who has taken part in the artificial pancreas study here in Cambridge. Katie met children’s research nurse Janet Allen, to discuss why children are asked to take part in research studies and the work happening with the artificial pancreas.

This film was developed as part of a series of other films by Great Ormond Street Hospital with Cambridge University Hospitals. To view the other stories from around the country where children have taken part in research, click here


Click on each of the bubbles to read some of the feedback we have received from children and young people who took part in a study at the CRF.





Work experience placements

We offer students 16 and over a chance to participate in some work experience at the CRF. We give students a chance to spend a couple of days meeting researchers and touring our research facility and labs.

Dates for 2019:

  • 29-31 May 2019
  • 5-7 June 2019
  • 7-9 August 2019

You can download the programme here or contact: Anne Saucier, HR Advisor Work Opportunities

The Children's Board

The Children’s Board was set up in 2013 and has been helping us understand what matters most to the children and young people who come to the Clinical Research Facility. They have even made taking part in research fun! The Board includes children who have participated in studies, children who have never participated in research, parents and members of staff. There are 35 children on the Board at present. To find out what it’s like to be involved, click here to read a summary from one of our “Non-Executive Directors”.

To find out more about how the Children’s Board and other groups of young people have contributed each year since 2013, please visit the links below. For more information or to join the Children’s Board contact Caroline McMahon.

Children’s Boards from previous years:

2017,  2016,  2015,  2014,  2013

Case studies

Case study 1

Dr Roman Hovorka talks about the Artificial Pancreas, a study to help treat young people with Type 1 Diabetes.

Case study 2

Laura Watson explains why researchers need healthy volunteers to take part in research.

Case study 3

CRF Nurse Manager Stewart Fuller talks about the VAMP project, what it is and how you can take part.


Generation R is a National Young Persons’ Advisory Group made up of local groups across the UK.

Groups are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and/or other National Health Service organisations, through various channels.

They support the design and delivery of paediatric research in the UK.

Click to go to Generation R – there are games, quizzes and more!