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The NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility is a partnership between Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Lancaster University. Together the teams provide a unique combination of both physical and mental health research expertise.

The NIHR Lancashire Clinical Research Facility aims to:

  • Attract early phase research studies within Lancashire.  This will give people in Lancashire an opportunity to take part in research studies.
  • Provide a high quality service for the conduct of clinical research.
  • Providing on the doorstep research opportunities for patients and volunteers in Lancashire.

The facility has a remit to grow early translational and experimental medicines trials across Lancashire and South Cumbria, and has high quality clinical space, experienced staff, laboratory facilities and overnight accommodation. We also host Brain Tumour North West – a collaborative that supports the collection of brain tumour tissue to inform research into improved treatments and diagnostics in brain cancers, and are developing a bio-resource with a Research HTA licence and growing informatics infrastructure. We were a local delivery partner for the 100K Genomes project which has led on to the national transformation of genomics services in the NHS.

In recent years we have consistently recruited the most participants to NIHR clinical trials in the region, and have a broad portfolio of multi-centre and locally led research studies. Working closely with academic partners we have a developing cohort of clinical academic fellows working towards MDs and PhDs, and have established joint clinical academic appointments. Our facility provides the best possible environment in which to host research studies and clinical trials, and our award-winning research team will provide you with a wide range of expert support to undertake research work.