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.


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.

Pre-Covid the students met over three sessions during the academic year; we hope to arrange more opportunities in the near future when the situation allows (last updated April 2022).

Download the programme here to find out what the placements covered, or contact: Julia.Schumann-Pratt, HR Advisor, Work Opportunities Team.


Want to make a difference for kids at Addenbrooke’s? Got any bright ideas? Aged 8-18 years? Why not join ACTIVE?

ACTIVE is a group of children and young people just like you!Some of them are or have been patients at the hospital, some of them are thinking about working in a medical career, and some are just interested in medical science and research and want to make a difference.

Visit the ACTIVE page on our website to find out how ACTIVE helped us make our research more young-person friendly.ACTIVE Logo

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 and Care 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!