Contact the Clinical Research Facility

NIHR / Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility
Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Steelhouse Lane
B4 6NH
Tel: 0121 333 9550
Fax: 0121 333 9551

Our team


Managing Director

Professor Timothy Barrett

The Managing Director works closely with the CRF Managing Director for the adult research facility at University Hospitals Birmingham and also across the UK.

Clinical Manager
Nicola Vanes

The CRF Management Team work closely with the Managing Directors and Management Committee to ensure that CRF resources and funds are used in the best possible way.  This includes making sure the team has the right research, clinical and non-clinical skills to provide high quality support to researchers and identifying costs and support needs for all studies.  

Ward Manager
Paul Ashmore

Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Lucy Cooper

Operational Business Manager
Amy Smith

Research Nurses & Clinical Support Workers

The Research Nurses work with the researcher to manage the study. They provide nursing care for study participant appointments, ensuring the safety of the children and young people taking part. 
For observational studies, the research nurse may also receive consent to take part in studies from child/young person and their parent or guardian. 
The CRF nursing team includes Research Nurses, Research Sisters and a Clinical Support Worker.

Study Coordinators & Data Managers

The CRF’s Study Coordinators and Data Managers support the set-up, day to day management and data capture for research studies.  They also provide research management and governance advice to researchers, including the preparation and submission of ethics and regulatory applications. 

Reception & Admin Staff

The CRF Admin Team ensure the smooth running of the department.  This includes managing all participant appointments and room bookings, and greeting visitors to the department. 


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