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

Patients and their families are offered the opportunity to participate in relevant research. Most studies offered are supported by the National Institute for Health Research.This means the research is seen as important to many people or could provide a very significant development in clinical care. 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

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

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

Study specific roles

Principal Investigators

The Principal Investigator is the senior nurse or doctor responsible for each research study. They work closely with the Clinical Research Nurses to ensure that each study is carried out safely and effectively.

Clinical Research Nurses

Our Clinical Research Nurses play a vital role in the care patients taking part in research studies. They identify patients suitable to take part in studies and work with the patient’s clinician to provide information to help them decide if they want to take part. The research nurses will ensure that the study is carried out correctly which can include giving a particular treatment, carrying out blood tests or collecting information on what happens to a patient. They 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.

Academic roles

Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Researcher in Residence)

This role is held by 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 25% 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.


The staff working in the ED lead and contribute to work that is published to share the findings from research and quality improvement projects that take place in the ED.

Click here to find out more about our publications >>