Our ambition is for the CRF to be the flagship research facility for patients in Yorkshire and Humberside providing first class facilities that support the delivery of early phase and experimental medicine clinical trials across the range of disease types.
To reach this goal, we aim to increase our capabilities in existing and new disease areas and to expand our facilities. A key element of this is the creation of a new central CRF on the St James’s University Hospital site. Due to open in Spring 2018, it will provide 18 patient spaces at any one time, co-located with high dependency and intensive care units and other relevant emergency support services, to provide maximum patient safety.
We are also growing our core activities in oncology, haematology, musculoskeletal, oral and dental health and cardiology, and now have a designated paediatric satellite based at Leeds General Infirmary. We are also working to develop experimental medicine research in neuroscience, pain management and anaesthesia, dermatology, infectious diseases, immunotherapy, gastroenterology and diabetes. Other upgrades include plans for a CT imaging facility at the Leeds General Infirmary satellite site and improvements to the facilities at Chapel Allerton Hospital.
We are also growing our team to increase our research delivery capacity and capability, bringing on board additional operational leadership roles and clinical delivery staff.