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2018 Exhibitors

The NHS R&D Forum are delighted to welcome the following Organisations as Exhibitors at the 2018 Annual NHS R&D Forum at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales on the 14th & 15th May 2018

If you wish to be an Exhibitor, Sponsor or to Advertise at the 2018 Annual NHS R&D Forum please click here.


ALEA ECRF is an electronic case report forms service for the data collection in clinical trials. It provides a comprehensive, user friendly forms service which can be used with a standard browser running on any computer connected to the internet. Born at the Clinical Informatics Research Unit at the University of Southampton, the CIRU team work closely with Forms Vision BV who supply the ALEA ECRF system.


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Aridhia is the ground-breaking provider of AnalytiXagility, a trusted, secure, self-service and cloud-enabled digital research environment for biomedical, precision medicine and healthcare researchers.
Since its launch in 2014, AnalytiXagility has been selected as the core digital research and innovation platform by ground-breaking research organisations including Great Ormond Street Hospital, Radboud University Medical Centre and the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre, and supports prestigious research programmes including the NIHR/MRC funded Deep and Frequent Phenotyping study, the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia collaboration and the University of Leeds-led ADVOCATE project.
Available from three trusted EU hubs, AnalytiXagility delivers secure anytime, anywhere collaborative analytics to research teams across organisational and geographical boundaries, supporting the development of new, data-driven approaches to healthcare and accelerating clinical research into clinical practice.
Headquartered in Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Aridhia’s multidisciplinary team delivers open innovation services across the UK and Europe in collaboration with the NHS, research organisations, life sciences companies, IT service providers and patients.


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Castor EDC

Castor’s goal is to accelerate medical research by unlocking the potential of every byte of research data. 85% of medical research data is never re-used. This is due to poor data quality, lack of standardization, and by the data being inaccessible to others. We have developed Castor Electronic Data Capture (EDC) to enable researchers to capture high-quality, standardized data at the source and make it available for re-use. Castor is the most user friendly and affordable EDC in the world.


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Cochrane Interactive Learning: Conducting an intervention review

What is it?

A new online introductory training course on how to conduct a systematic review of interventions.

10 hours of self-directed learning on searching, risk of bias, meta-analysis, GRADE and the complete systematic review process, developed by world-leading experts in systematic review methods.

Who is it for?
– Authors of Cochrane and all systematic reviews of interventions
– New authors embarking on systematic reviews for the first time
– Experienced authors seeking to refresh their skills
– Users or commissioners of systematic reviews who want to know more
– Research and EBM educators seeking to complement face-to-face teaching
Key features
– Dynamic, flexible and engaging content
– Over 100 bite-size learning units, building knowledge one step at a time.
– Clear explanations with stimulating interactions, quizzes, animations, examples and reference resources.
– Assessment to demonstrate skills learned with module and course certificates

To learn more, visit, or contact


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EDGE is a clinical trials software that supports a wide range of research management functions and empowers research managers, data analysts, research nurses, clinicians and support services to make the most of their information. By allowing organisations to actively manage research within a single online system, information can be better organised and analysed in real-time. Multiple institutions can collaborate on a range of projects and EDGE’s reporting tools can help streamline the research governance and approval process. EDGE is the culmination of over a decade of clinical trials software development hosted by Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust in conjunction with the University of Southampton.


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Emergency Scientific and Medical Services (ESMS)

Emergency Scientific and Medical Services (ESMS) provides 24 hour emergency response for clinical trials. Our vision is to be the gold standard provider for Clinical Trial Emergency Response. It is a challenge for many sponsors to maintain 24 hour emergency cover. This is demonstrated by major GCP inspection findings including:

– No clear or tested out of hours procedure
– Failure to supply trial subjects with emergency contact details

Evolving from Guy’s Poisons Unit our team of information scientists and consultant toxicology physicians are trained to perform emergency unblinding according to strictly controlled, client approved procedures. Study specific information can be accessed to support medical treatment without the need to unblind the subject. Key benefits of ESMS support:

– Manned 24/7 availability with access to study information
– GCP compliant
– Consolidated oversight of adverse events
– All enquires are audio recorded, documented and quality checked
– Local phone support in > 70 countries and > 40 languages


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Health and Care Research Wales

Health and Care Research Wales provides an infrastructure to support and increase capacity in research and development, runs a range of responsive funding schemes and manages the NHS R&D funding allocation.
Our innovative infrastructure and portfolio of funded programmes consolidates, updates and builds on what has been created and delivered to date, placing Wales at the international forefront of health and social care research.

Our infrastructure allows a sharper focus on Wales’ current and emerging areas of excellence and ensures an integrated, interdisciplinary, interagency, all-Wales approach, from research development to changes in practice based on research evidence.

The people of Wales are central to the infrastructure and the programmes which lead to major gains in health and wellbeing, effectiveness of services and the generation of national wealth.


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Health and Care Videos

Health and Care Videos is a partnership with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.
We have the largest collection of videos in the health and care sector in the UK that we use to provide patients, their families, carers, and staff with easily understandable health information in an easily accessible way. Our work extends to all care systems, including primary, secondary, social care, and clinical trials.
As well having as over 10 specialty video libraries to choose from, each loaded with over 200 videos, we can also produce individual videos and commissions. All our videos have been written by clinicians, for clinicians and new content and libraries are in constant creation.
To accompany this, we also have an ever-increasing list of case studies that show how our videos are working to:
– Boost Recruitment in Clinical Trials
– Facilitate Learning & Training
– Improve Patient Experience and Understanding
– Save Staff Time
– Promote Self-care
– Reduce Costs
– Reduce Appointment Time (or eliminate the need for one at all)
– Help Redesign Patient Care Pathways
Find out more at


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Infonetica is a UK-based company that supplies a range of reliable and effective clinical research solutions. The company was established in 2003 and has built a strong reputation for customer service and responsive design amongst our clients – a broad spectrum of public bodies, private enterprise and research institutions. We work very closely with our NHS and UK Government customers, both on a local and national level, to ensure our products continue to meet the constantly evolving needs of the Service

ReDA (our research management tool) has recently undergone major changes to improve both its functionality and usability, and the development roadmap sees some exciting changes to come.

Tissue Auditor (our human tissue tracking tool) has been rebuilt from the bottom up to make it the most user friendly, powerful and flexible way to maintain compliance with the Human Tissue Act.

Whitehall Training (our online compliance training business) is a supplier of clinical research training – including GCP, GCLP, GLP and pharmacovigilance.


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MediWales is the life science network for Wales. We are an independent, not for profit, membership organisation. We have over 180 members, largely made up of life science organisations, pharmaceutical services and medical technology companies. We actively encourage engagement with the clinical research community and our membership includes NHS health boards and universities. We hold numerous events and conferences including MediWales Connects, the all Wales NHS collaboration conference on the 20th of June in Swansea. Visit our stand to find out more about connecting with the NHS in Wales.


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National Institute for Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the research arm of the NHS and is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. It is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation. Together, NIHR people, facilities and systems represent the most integrated clinical research system in the world. Since its creation in 2006, the NIHR has transformed research for NHS patients and the public. The NIHR continues to facilitate faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and develops and supports the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research across the country


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Newcastle University

Newcastle University’s taught postgraduate clinical research programmes demonstrate real-world applicability. Designed for doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health and clinical research professionals and aspiring clinical academics, they aim to enable students to understand, develop, deliver and disseminate clinical research. Our courses can be studied on campus or online on either a full-time or part-time basis. Individual modules are ideal for continuing professional development and developing specific research skills. Modules can also be combined for working towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.


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NHS Research & Development Forum

The NHS R&D Forum is a UK–wide community of practice and professional network for the health and care research management, support and leadership workforce. Working together we represent those who lead, promote, manage and support quality health research with and for NHS providers and commissioners of care; creating standards, supporting peers, and influencing UK–wide bodies as a critical friend to improve practice.

Our Vision is excellence in research management, support and leadership for high value research and for improved health and care.

Our Mission is

a) To add value to the NHS as enablers of quality research, innovation and improvement.

b) To act together as a UK-wide leader, influencer and professional voice, resource centre and facilitator of best practice to better lead, shape, promote and manage quality health research”

Forum membership is free to join and there are many ways to get involved.


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NHS Research Scotland

NHS Research Scotland promotes and supports excellence in clinical and translational research in Scotland so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments. Formed through a partnership of Scottish NHS Boards and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of Scottish Government, we work to ensure that NHS Scotland provides the best environment to support clinical research. Our single unified health system, national clinical research infrastructure and streamlined processes combine with significant clinical and academic expertise, to deliver high quality research for the health and financial benefit of our population.


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Powys Teaching Health Board

Powys Teaching Health Board is responsible for meeting the health and wellbeing needs of the people of Powys, mid Wales. As a rural health board with around 133,000 people living across an area that is a quarter of Wales, we provide as many services as possible locally. This is mainly through GPs and other primary care services, community hospitals and community services.

In Powys we are committed to supporting an environment through which research and innovation is actively encouraged. We know that research and development is an essential component in delivering high quality care for patients and service users. Our role is to:
• Ensure we meet our research governance responsibilities for externally sponsored research
• Issue approval for new research studies
• Audit and monitor research in Powys
• Provide advice and support for researchers
• Provide advice to patients and the public about research in Powys

If you are interested in carrying out research in Powys or if you are a patient and would like to know more about signing up to take part in research studies, please contact Powys R&D Department on 01874 712553/712638


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Research Quality Association (RQA)

The Research Quality Association (RQA) is a professional membership body dedicated to informing and advancing its members. We provide status and visibility for individuals engaged in the quality of research concerning pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, chemicals and medical devices. Since our inception in 1977 the Association has increased and evolved to reflect Regulatory changes, the growing impact of Regulatory inspection, and the ever-changing structure and needs of industry.


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SAIL Databank

The SAIL Databank is a safe haven for billions of person-based records combined with a complete data linkage and analysis toolset that helps researchers answer important questions for the benefit of society


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St Stephens Clinical Research

St Stephens Clinical Research is a specialist CRO which offers a range of sponsorship and trial management services. Specializing in the sponsorship of investigator initiated trials St Stephen’s Clinical Research is able to offer assistance with monitoring, project management, data management, quality, regulatory, contracting and pharmacovigilance. We are currently sponsoring and managing single and multicenter investigator initiated research projects throughout Europe and in Africa. We provide Legal Representative services for organizations outside of the EU. Whether you simply need help with your Clinical Trial Application or assistance with all sponsorship responsibilities for your trial, come and visit our stand, we will be happy to discuss your requirements further.


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Studyline is a web application for managing and delivering clinical research. It helps sponsors, NHS trusts, clinical research networks and other research organisations to manage their projects and portfolios. Designed to be easy to use and highly accessible, its features include interactive timelines, configurable workflows, advanced filters, dashboard views, document management and flexible reporting. Studyline is developed collaboratively by Oxford University Hospitals and Baseline Software Limited.


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TriNetX is the worldwide health research network of healthcare organisations, biopharmaceutical companies and contract research organisations (CROs) used to enhance clinical trial design and accelerate patient recruitment. TriNetX enables researchers to find the right patients at the right sites for clinical trials.


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Wendy Fisher Consulting

Wendy Fisher Consulting (WFC) Wendy Fisher Consulting is evolving. Now known as simply WFC, we continue to bring confidence from clarity for colleagues old and new from across the UK and further. We have strengthened and improved our extremely popular training, education, and professional development prospectus, and continue to work with a great number of clients to deliver change and create healthy, collaborative research environments. We are excited to promote the newest arm of WFC: regulatory support, in which we provide a bespoke service to industry and academics to secure regulatory approvals promptly and with the minimum of difficulty. Say hello to the team, enter our prize draw and be sure to pick up one of our popular bags!


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