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Nursing Team

NICRF Nursing Team

The NICRF provide high quality research and clinical care ensuring patient safety and also making sure that patients and visiting staff are supported throughout the study.  All research is conducted in a GCP environment in accordance with the NICRF’s comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and User Guides.

NICRF nursing staff provide advice on running the study in the NICRF, identifying risks and helping to source consumables and medications.  They also can assist with costing a study and study-related activities.  The NICRF nursing staff can also assist with study activities such as:

  • Room/equipment set-up
  • Venepuncture
  • ECGs
  • iDXA bone density and body composition
  • Multiple breath washout
  • Sample processing and storage
  • Post-procedure recovery
  • Blood sugar monitoring
  • Administration of questionnaires
  • Vital signs
  • Spirometry

The NICRF Nursing team consists of:

Sharon Carr, Clinical Trials' Practitioner: Tel:028 950 47647 Email:

Danielle Dawson, Clinical Trials' Practitioner: Tel: 028 950 48253 Email:

Áine Redfern Walsh, Clinical Research Nurse: Tel: 028 961 55089 Email: aine.redfernwalsh@belfasttrust.hscni.ent

Karan Smyth, Senior Health Care Support Worker, Tel: 028 950 40342 Email:

For general enquiries, please contact us at our general email account: or phone our main line: 028 950 40342.



NI Clinical Research Facility,
U Floor, Belfast City Hospital,
Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7AB

Tel:+44 (0)28 9504 0342

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