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UHBW Clinical Research Facility

As of 1st January 2021:

  • The former University of Bristol CRIC facility will be run and managed as a UHBW clinical research facility (CRF). It will be renamed the UHBW CRF
  • The focus of the CRF will be on delivering vaccine and testing research and early phase experimental medicine studies
  • The priority usage for the MRI scanner will be for clinical work to address the large imaging backlog and there will be very limited availability for research scanning until summer 2021 at the earliest
  • It is very likely that the transition in management from UoB to UHBW will for an initial period lead to a reduction in the capacity of administrative functions. Use of Calpendo will continue but needs to be transferred to UHBW, inevitably resulting in delays to study setup and bookings.

The CRF will used in descending order of priority, for:

  1. Delivery of NIHR Urgent Public Health badged COVID-19 vaccine and testing research studies
  2. Experimental medicine research studies. Prioritisation decisions on room usage will be made by the UHBW Director of Research and R&I, ratified by Trust Research Group
  3. Clinical out-patient activities, providing there is sufficient capacity and they do not displace the above priority work

Further information on the details of the new processes for accessing, booking and using the CRF will be provided as soon as possible.

Enquiries: Elinor.Griffiths@uhbw.nhs.uk

MRI scanning

All clinical and research MRI scanning will be provided, booked and managed by the Division of Specialised Services. These activities will be separate from the CRF.

The priority usage for the MRI scanner will be for clinical work to address the large imaging backlog:

  • The scanner will initially be used for clinical work 5 days/week with extended opening times
  • It is possible that clinical usage may be further extended to include weekend work
  • Research scanning will be deprioritised and there will be very limited availability for research scanning until summer 2021 at the earliest. In the interim, research scanning will have to fit around availability/capacity out of hours and will only be undertaken if fully funded (including the additional out of hours staff costs)

The process for booking research scans and associated costs (including out of hours tariff) are currently being iterated and will be shared widely as soon as possible.

Enquiries: Sally.Worfolk@uhbw.nhs.uk