Over the period of NIHR funding we aim to:
- Increase the proportion of experimental studies performed within the speciality CRF cluster areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and diabetes & lifestyle.
- Encourage other speciality groups across Leicester’s Hospitals to develop their portfolio of early phase work
- Align patient recruitment and industry liaison
We will do this by:
- Implementing ‘in situ’ acute platforms for experimental medicine studies, working with the Emergency Department at Leicester Royal Infirmary and the Acute Admissions Units at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital
- Integrating existing speciality clusters into a single federal structure with unified management and strong governance and processes, pooling the expertise across the CRF and sharing good practice
- Appointing staff into leadership, managerial, administrative, data handling and research nursing post to drive the CRF programme
- Working with Leicester Precision Medicine Institute to provide the critical mass necessary for the consistency and quality required for industry and regulatory demands, and refine the ‘Leicester offer’
- Develop and deliver a patient and public involvement and engagement strategy using INVOLVE guidelines
Once we have achieved these objectives, over the longer term we will be able to continue to develop emergency medicine research, increase research funding, increase research outputs, deliver training and education activities, introduce long stay and overnight patient facilities, further enhance our imaging capabilities and develop new cancer CRF accommodation.