Clinical Research Facility launched

21 May 2014 - The NIHR/Wellcome King’s Clinical Research Facility (CRF) was officially opened on Friday 9th May, by Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies.

Hands holding sample bottle and syringe in lab

Jointly funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Wellcome Trust, the CRF is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London, its NHS partners, King’s College Hospital, South London and Maudsley (SLaM), and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trusts, and the pharmaceutical industry to facilitate world leading research across physical and mental healthcare.

The CRF was designed specifically to support clinical trials in mental health and neurosciences, whilst also enabling pioneering research in specialist fields including haemato-oncology, cardiovascular medicine and diabetes.

Based at the Denmark Hill campus, the CRF is uniquely positioned to draw on research and treatment expertise across physical and mental healthcare. King’s College Hospital is one of London’s designated trauma centres and a world leader in the treatment of leukaemia and liver disease, whilst SLaM and the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King’s College London bring unparalleled expertise in mental health and neurosciences.

Professor Dame Sally Davies said: “This facility brings research into the heart of the NHS. We are realising our vision, set out ten years ago, about what can we achieve if we bring clinical and academic expertise together. Today celebrates partnerships. The CRF is a partnership between academia and the NHS, involving patients in research. It is also a partnership between funders: the NIHR and Wellcome. And it is a partnership between NHS trusts working together as part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. SLaM, the crown jewel of mental health in Britain, working with King’s College Hospital so that patients will benefit from being at an acute hospital. SLaM and the IoP are leaders in psychiatry research, and this facility will be key to tackling the disease burden in psychiatry.”

Professor Peter Goadsby, Director of the NIHR/Wellcome King’s CRF, said: “The CRF is a unique facility combining basic science and translational medicine. By bringing together our experimental medicine facility with our clinical trials unit under one roof, we can enable studies to move from bench to bedside, providing real prospects for improving patient care.”

The CRF includes:

  • An Experimental Medicine Facility (EMF) including the latest neuroimaging and EEG facilities, a virtual reality suite and an intensive care unit facility for patients with brain injury;
  • The largest Cell Therapy Unit (CTU) in Europe in either academia or industry, with capacity to produce up to 1,000 therapies per year;
  • A Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) providing a state of the art facility for commercially sponsored trials.

The CRF is academically supported by King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC). It is funded by the NIHR and Wellcome Trust, and indirectly through the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR BRC) at SLaM and King’s. Further philanthropic support has been provided by the Wolfson Foundation. A full list of funders is available here.

For further information about the NIHR/Wellcome King’s CRF, please visit the website.


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Notes to editors

1. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, training over 900 dentists, 750 doctors and 300 nurses every year. The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. On 1 October 2013, King’s took over the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley and Orpington Hospital, as well as some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The new enlarged organisation has over 10,500 staff and provides over 1 million patient contacts a year. 9,000 babies are delivered by our hospitals each year, and over 750 patients come to our Emergency Departments every day. For more information, please visit the website. You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at www.togetherwecan.org.uk

2. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

King’s Health Partners is one of only six Department of Health-designated AHSCs in England and brings together an unrivalled range and depth of clinical and research expertise, spanning both physical and mental health. Our combined strengths will drive improvements in care for patients, allowing them to benefit from breakthroughs in medical science and receive leading edge treatment at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our partnership brings together...

  • three of the UK’s leading NHS Foundation Trusts;
  • one of the top 30 universities in the world;
  • services provided over 225 locations, including seven hospitals and community and mental health centres;
  • 2.2 million patient contacts each year;
  • 31,000 staff;
  • 25,000 students;
  • a combined annual turnover of £2.8bn.

... to advance health and wellbeing by integrating world-class research, care and teaching.

3. Together we can... supports King’s College Hospital. We fundraise for the best in treatment, research and health education, leading-edge equipment and improving well-being in our communities. By uniting doctors, nurses, researchers and academics with our supporters and volunteers we can provide the best patient care that goes above and beyond. Find out more and support us at togetherwecan.org.uk