We are known as the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)/ Wellcome Trust Cambridge Clinical Research Facility or Cambridge CRF for short.
We are based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus with Addenbrooke’s Hospital. We work alongside the doctors and nurses at the hospital to find better medicines and treatments for diseases.
You may be joining us to help us with clinical research. Clinical research means looking at treating the human body and understanding how our bodies work.
Anyone under the age of 18 will need to have their parents’, guardian or carer’s permission to take part in a research trial. We then take your permission or consent to agree to take part in the trial. The form you would be asked to sign is an assent form. This is different to if you needed hospital treatment that wasn’t for research.
We ask children and young adults to take part because their bodies are different from adults. We have a very friendly team who will answer any of your questions before, during or after the study, so please don’t be afraid to ask.
If you take part in research we have special rooms away from the young children and adults where the researchers will see you. We have access to Wi-Fi so you can watch Netflix, YouTube, watch DVD’s or play on our PlayStation or Xbox whilst you wait, so you shouldn’t get bored!
Have a look through our website and see what taking part in research in Cambridge here is like.
We want to thank you for wanting to take part in research. Without you we can’t find new medicines to help other people. We look forward to seeing you and remember if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask! You can follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest information.
Clinical trials are important because they help researchers, doctors and nurses find new treatments for diseases. Sometimes we use healthy people and sometimes we use people who already have a medical problem. Without people taking part in research we wouldn’t be able to find new medicines or treatments.
We have lots of friendly staff who will look after you. One of the main people you may see is Anne our research sister. Anne looks after the children’s and young adult studies and if you have any questions feel free to ask her.
We want your stay to be a comfortable and enjoyable one if you experience any problems please let a member of our team know.
Our staff wear different coloured uniform, it’s so you know what job they do:
Stu is our head nurse and he wears black
Lucy is a Paediatric Research sister and she wears royal blue.
Thelma is a Research Nurse and she wears blue and white stripe
Sharon is our Assistant practitioner and she wears white with green piping on her collar.
When you take part in research you will come to the CRF on level 5.
Your parent, guardian or carer will accompany you to the ward where you will meet our friendly staff.
They will then show you where everything is, like the toilets, the day room and where you will meet the researchers.
Whilst you are waiting, you are very welcome to go on the internet, watch some dvds or use our Playstation or Xbox.
The researcher will explain what they want you to do. If you don’t understand, please ask the researcher or nurse and they will explain it to you again. If you are not happy or don’t want to take part you can say no at any time.
It all depends on what kind of trial you are taking part in. There are many things you could be asked to do, such as having your height and weight measured, giving a small sample of your blood or having a scan. The researchers and nurses will be able to explain why they carrying out these kinds of tests.
We would never make you do anything you weren’t happy with, and you can always talk to the researchers or nurses if you have any questions about taking part in the trial.
It all depends what kind of trial you are taking part in. With some studies, people have stayed on the CRF for an hour and some other people have been asked to stay overnight. Your parent, carer or guardian is allowed to stay with you whilst you’re taking part in any kind of trial.
The researchers and nurses will be able to explain everything to you, and you don’t have to do anything you’re not happy with.
We have lots of things at the CRF to make your stay more comfortable and so you’re not bored.
Don’t forget to pack:
You may want to bring your own things, which you are allowed to do:
Please be aware that we cannot be responsible for your items if they go missing.