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About Research and Development


Our research team contributes to large national and international studies as well as local pilot studies, all of which aim to make significant advances in patient care and the treatment options offered to patients.

Within the Trust the majority of research projects are studies that have been adopted onto the national NIHR portfolio. The portfolio consists of high-quality clinical research studies that are eligible for consideration for support from the Clinical Research Network in England.

Studies may be sponsored by:

  • Other NHS trusts

  • Universities - either in the UK or international

  • Research bodies - e.g. Cancer Research UK

  • Commercial companies.

The patient information given before consenting to a study will always make it clear who the research sponsor is. 

The core research team, led by the Research Manager, is responsible for ensuring that all studies within the Trust have all the necessary ethical and legal approvals to proceed and that they are conducted safely and effectively. The clinical teams support the clinical delivery of the research including: informing and consenting participants, performing tests and study procedures and collecting data.

Research Teams

The research team consists of the core research team and clinical trial research teams who support each of the clinical divisions.  The core research team has a management and governance lead with support staff. The clinical research teams are led by research nurses/midwives and further details for each of them can be found by following the links below:

Research Service List

The research department’s service list covers all main research functions including:

  • Research governance checks
  • Approval of new research projects
  • Approval of study amendments
  • Management and maintenance of governance standards and good research practice
  • Participation in the central system for gaining permission of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).


Performance in Initiating and Delivering Clinical Research

See "Related documents" for the most up-to-date

Contact Point

Charis Emmett
Research Manager
Research and Development Office
Leighton Hospital, Middlewich Rd, Crewe, Cheshire
01270 278095


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