Emergency Department Clinical Research Unit

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The Emergency Department (ED) at St George’s participates in a number of research projects through the work of the Clinical Research Unit. In 2020 / 21 the unit enabled over 2500 patients to participate in research, more than any other Emergency Department in England.

The unit is led by Professor Heather Jarman and brings together clinical staff and academics to find better care and treatments for patients and families in the ED. The research team has research nurses, practitioners and clinical staff who support the research programme.

Research studies

We offer patients and their families the opportunity to participate in relevant research whilst in the department. Most studies offered are supported by the National Institute for Health Research and is seen as important to developing treatment or care in the NHS. If you’re interested in finding out more about participating in research there is advice on the ‘Be Part of Research‘ web page.

Below are the links to more information to studies being led by the ED Clinical Research Unit

Click here to find out more about The EDCO study >>

Click here to find out more about The FRAIL-T in major trauma study >> 

Research unit roles

Clinical Academic Lead: Professor Heather Jarman

The Clinical Academic Lead is responsible for the work of the Clinical Research Unit. This includes responsibility for the academic staff working on research projects and for the day to day operation of the unit both in recruiting participants to research studies.

EM Consultant – research lead: Dr Phil Moss

The EM Consultant research lead is responsible for the development of new medical Principal Investigators and the planning of training for Clinical Fellows (Research).

Academic roles

Researcher in Residence: Dr Mary Halter

The researcher in residence is an experienced researcher who supports the Clinical Research Unit’s own research program. They work with clinical staff to develop projects, support applications for research funding and provide mentorship to novice researchers.

Clinical Fellow (Research)

Our Clinical Fellows work in for 20% of their time in a research role alongside their work as doctors in the Emergency Department. In their research time they take an active part in a range of research related activities including developing their own projects.

Study specific roles

Principal Investigators

The Principal Investigator (PI) is the senior nurse or doctor responsible for each research study. They work with the Clinical Research Nurses to make sure that each study is run safely and effectively.

Senior Clinical Research Nurse: Claire Seel

The senior clinical research nurse is responsible for oversight of the studies taking place in the department. They provide leadership and management to the clinical research nursing team.

Clinical Research Nurses

Clinical Research Nurses play a vital role in the care patients taking part in research studies. Our nurses identify patients suitable to take part in studies and work with the patient’s doctor to provide information to help them decide if they want to take part. The research nurses carry out particular treatments, blood tests or collect information on what happens to a patient who is taking part in the study. We will often continue to see patients once they have been admitted to hospital to answer any questions and to ensure their safety and well-being.


Staff working in the ED share the findings from research and quality improvement projects in scientific journals. You can see these using the link below.

Click here to find out more about our publications >>