Our adult clinical facilities at the WTCRF and RIECRF are accessible to researchers of all disciplines, providing a safe clinical setting to facilitate the delivery of experimental medicine research.

Nursing and Clinical Service Chart

Skilled research nurses, clinical support workers, sample technicians and project assistants support research teams to efficiently manage their projects. The portfolio of studies we support is diverse in clinical speciality and can range from Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs) to studies being undertaken as part of an educational qualification.

As MHRA Phase I Accreditation Scheme certified units participant safety and data quality are embedded in our everyday practice. Ever responsive to the changing clinical and research environment research nurses work to competency based training packages including where applicable NHS Lothian, CRF specific and sponsor specific competencies.

In June 2015 we created the role of Lead Nurse for Phase I and Education. This role is dedicated to support the delivery of our early phase and complex trials and to support the development and training of our nursing teams across all sites.


Virtual Tour

The following virtual tour showcases our welcoming and purpose built facility at the Royal Infirmary.

Watch our virtual tour through the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility

Researchers and Nurses of the future

As NHS clinical department we support placements for student nurses, school pupils and students undertaking the MSc in Clinical Trials at University of Edinburgh. Several research nurses are trained student mentors and supervisors providing a diverse experience for students in training across disciplines.

We welcome groups and visitors from all walks of life interested in what we do.


We are continually looking to improve the care and facilities for our patients and participants. We therefore run patient experience surveys every 6 months to ensure our patients and participants have the chance to feedback on what’s good and bad about taking part in research and to inform us how we are doing and what we can do better.

Just wanted to drop you an email to say it has been a pleasure coming in for these studies (even the hypos!) I felt comfortable and medically safe throughout each visit thanks to the kind, knowledgeable and friendly manner along with the warm and attentive personality of both yourself and the nursing staff.

We also value feedback from the research teams we support and this can be done via our Research Support Service.

Let me now take the opportunity to say "THANKS A MILLION". You guys have been fabulous. I should note how professional you have been. It has made my task so much easier as I have not had to worry about so many things. You have also kept me in the straight and narrow, which I do appreciate.

Who to contact?

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at the Western General Hospital (WTCRF)

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility (RIECRF)