Below is an introduction to the Centre for Clinical Research and Innovation and supporting departments.
Centre for Clinical Research & Innovation
The Centre for Clinical Research & Innovation (CCRI)
is a new clinical trials unit based at Darlington Memorial
The CCRI work in collaboration with clinicians and
researchers to design and conduct high quality multicentre clinical
trials addressing important health questions.
The unit has expertise to aid the design and conduct of
high quality trials including experienced staff for trial
management, data processing and management, and
The CCRI houses the core research team alongside the
research nursing and data management staff.
There are facilities for outpatient clinics including a 4
person unit for longer stay outpatient appointments who have access
to catering amenities for their stay
There has been investment in video conferencing facilities
to enhance cross site working between the research teams at
Darlington, Durham and Bishop Auckland Hospitals. This
technology will allow external conferencing for trial site
There are clinical trial dispensing facilities on both
Durham and Darlington Hospital sites with a team of pharmacists,
technicians, and assistant technical officers managing the set up
and maintenance of clinical trials of investigational medicinal
Medication required for clinical trial patients at Bishop
Auckland Hospital is managed centrally from Durham
The pathology service has dedicated members of staff to
manage the set up and maintenance of clinical trial samples. Durham
and Darlington Hospitals both house freezers operating to -80°C
which can accommodate the storage of trial
The laboratory staff are familiar with clinical trials and
handling samples requiring spinning, storage and processing prior
to distribution to various external laboratories as well as using a
variety of in-house testing methods as required. The
histology department regularly provide a large number of blocks and
slides for clinical trials countrywide.
Centre for Clinical Research
Tel: +44 (0) 1325
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