The Clinical Investigations Unit and Clinical Research Facility is a combined facility providing safe, age appropriate care for children and young people attending the Tayside Children’s Hospital for elective clinical investigation or participation in research studies.
These facilities were officially opened by Mr S Watson, Chairman of NHS Tayside on Friday 5th December 2008.
The CIU/CRF is an open plan observation area with cot and recliners, play area, isolation room, treatment room and drug preparation room.
Clinical Investigations are presently carried out 3 mornings/week with medical and nursing support for elective clinical investigations. Guidelines have been developed for all clinical investigations to ensure the safe, efficient care of the child and their parent during their attendance.
Clinical Research studies carried out within the CRF adhere to ICH-GCP standards, EU Directives and Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care (2005) standards. Research support in collaboration with the Scottish Medicines for Children Network (ScotMCN) can assist with regulatory approval, study set up, study adoption, training & education and standard operating procedures. Templates have been developed for protocols, age appropriate information sheets, consent and assent forms
Information leaflets for parents, children and professionals on the CIU/CRF facilities are available, approved by NHS.