Spotlight on digital health at Annual CRF Conference

Wednesday 9th August 2017

Digital health was the theme of the 13th Annual Clinical Research Facilities Conference, held in Glasgow in July 2017.

Members of the NIHR Leeds Clinical Research Facility attended the two-day event, which brought together more than 350 delegates, and offered over 30 sessions introduced by a wide variety of speakers.

LCRF Manager Debbie Beirne, along with Emma Lundy, Advanced Clinical Pharmacist in Oncology and Clinical Trials, convened a parallel session on Delivering Advanced Therapies during the conference. The LCRF also presented four posters showcasing its work. Topics included:

  • ‘Delivering EXCELLENT Experimental Medicine’ – a discussion of the early phase stem cell study taking place in the LCRF for Cardiovascular patients who have had acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • ‘Innovative Research Roles’ – a spotlight on the work of a senior clinical trials assistant whose flexible approach has complemented a diverse skill mix that can be used across the LCRF
  • ‘An Integrated Approach to Developing our Experimental Medicine Workforce’ – a presentation by LCRF Lead Nurse Sally Pearson, describing how LCRF staff development works to put ‘the right staff, in the right place at the right time to deliver the right studies’
  • ‘Development of an Integrated Quality Assurance Framework’ – a poster devised by our LCRF QA team to highlight the excellent QA work undertaken by LCRF. The QA team is able so support an LCRF culture that ensures transparency and patient safety, evaluates the effectiveness of services and continually works toward improving patient experience.

The 14th Annual Clinical Research Facilities Conference will be hosted by Leeds Clinical Research Facility on 12-13 July 2018, and will be based on the theme 'Seeing is believing: Imaging and Digital'.