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Research development and innovation

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Research Development and Innovation is studying diseases and better ways the treat them.

Clinical Research is when we are looking for a better way to treat an illness.

This page gives you:

  • Information about the different areas of research
  • How you can help us
  • How to contact us

Who we are

The Research Development & Innovation (RD&I) department are a central corporate function within the Trust. The department, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, supports the development of high quality research and innovation within the Royal Liverpool University Teaching Hospital.

The RD&I department takes an organisation-level lead in ensuring that research is conducted and managed to high scientific, ethical, and financial standards. We work closely with all research staff to prepare grant applications to a variety of funding bodies and contribute to developing an active research organisation.

We also work closely with the Trust's Corporate Management Team, which has representation from each area in the organisation. This helps to ensure that research is aligned with the Trust's objectives and allows development of research activity.

If you are interested in taking part in a research project yourself, either as a patient or a healthy volunteer, you can sign up to our unique 'Consent for Consent' programme.

What we do

Our world-class researchers bring new therapies from the bench to the bedside,ensuring that our patients have access to the most advanced treatment options.

Our mission is to support, advance, and promote clinical and translational research at RLBUHT. RD&I aims to streamline the clinical research process and offers a wide range of services, resources and training.

Being referred to us

Please click here to view our C4C Participant Information Leaflet

If you wish to register for C4C, you can download a Consent Form here. Please email this form here.

We will then contact you if you are eligible for a particular trial and you can then decide if you would like to take part.

There is no obligation to take part in any trial you are contacted about and you can choose to have your details removed from the Consent for Consent database at any time.

If you have any questions or would like more information please click here to email us.

Or - you can call us on 0151 706 4860

More Information about research and development

The CRU is a state of the art, purpose built facility, opened in 2009 to perform clinical trials into new medications and treatments.

In October 2012, the unit became the first NHS Clinical Research Unit in England and Wales to achieve MHRA Supplementary Phase 1 Accreditation. This means that the facilities, training, and experiance of our staff have met a very high standard for avoiding harm to trial subjects and for handling medical emergencies should they arise.

The CRU staff work hard to provide a comfortable, friendly, and supportive environment for our patients. Patients and Healthy Volunteers can be certain that all research undertaken in the unit (and the Trust as a whole) has met all the necessary ethical, governance, and legal requirements to ensure patient safety. Each trial is carefully designed, regulated, and monitored to ensure that any risks are kept to a minimum.

In addition to this, CRU adopted trials have access to an on call Doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should there be any trial related medical queries. The unit is also fully supported by the Trusts medical and nursing staff to ensure that all appointments and referrals are dealt with in a clear and transparent manner.

Where are we

We are based on the 4th Floor of the Linda McCartney Centre at the Royal Liverpool Hospital on Prescot Street, Liverpool, L7 8XP

Upon entering the hospital, keep left and follow the signs for the Linda McCartney Centre. In the foyer proceed to the elevator/stairs and proceed to the fourth floor. You can find the main RD&I office by entering the double doors and turning right. Press buzzer to gain access to the offices.

Contact us

Research and Innovation Team

Edwards Building,

Royal Liverpool Hospital,

Mount Vernon Street,


L3 5PS


0151 706 3754