How can researchers access the Clinical Research Facility?

The Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is available to researchers from all clinical disciplines and professional groups. Investigators must hold either a substantive or honorary contract with Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Researchers who would like support to deliver their study are encouraged to register the study with the Research and Development Department as early as possible. They will then be supported to access the appropriate support across the Trust, including the CRF. Once a study has been determined as requiring support from the CRF, we will arrange to meet with the investigator/ research team to discuss the study design, patient pathway and support required from the CRF (see brief overview below). 

Following this meeting, all new studies are reviewed by the CRF Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC).  The role of the Committee is to review applications for scientific merit, feasibility and appropriateness for use of the CRF facilities. The SAC meets on a monthly basis. Please complete a SAC application form and submit to

If you have any queries please contact Amy Smith, Operational Business Manager,

Graphic illustrating the process for new studies at the CRF