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In partnership with the NHS Working together

Education and training Partnership and collaboration with the NHS is fundamental to all that we do. Our teaching and translational research agenda – leading to innovations in care – depend on the links we have with hospitals, practitioners, health agencies, policy makers and patients across the region and the country.

We are proud to work in partnership with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (STHFT) – the second largest NHS Trust in England and one of the best performing NHS organisations in the country in the last five years. The Trust was recently awarded the accolade of Dr Foster Trust of the Year (North) – the third time in five years it has won this distinction. Over 100 of our staff are clinicians, delivering medical and dental services in our partner hospitals. Being located right next door to STHFT, our medical and dental students have easy access to clinical medicine and dentistry in an ideal setting, supported by a large number of experienced and committed clinical staff, many of whom have national and international profiles. All consultant staff in the Trust have an honorary senior academic position within the University.

STHFT staff, working with academic staff in the Medical and Dental Schools contribute to all aspects of undergraduate education. They are key to the design, delivery and quality assurance of the curriculum and their involvement helps ensure that graduates are well prepared for clinical practice.

In the allied health professions, we provide NHS- commissioned training in speech and language therapy, dental hygiene and orthoptics. We also provide continuing professional development for healthcare professionals across our region. Through these contracts we train over 200 NHS staff per year. In addition, we provide a wide range of training, professional development and support to NHS colleagues. Specific roles include: provision of expertise and support to South Yorkshire Primary Care Trusts through honorary contracts; support for Public Health trainees on both the Yorkshire & Humber and East Midlands training schemes; secondments for NHS staff, either to facilitate training and career development or for the duration of a research project; and provision of CPD and training through Masters-level modules or tailored short courses.


A new Clinical Research Office in partnership with STHFT has recently opened to assist researchers conducting clinical research in both the University and STHFT. The office provides a comprehensive one-stop-shop service for clinical research, offering a streamlined approach to the stimulation, training, support, governance and costing of clinical research in Sheffield. This follows on from the success of our Clinical Research Facility, in partnership with STHFT, which offers purpose built, state-of-the-art, dedicated research facilities and a specialist environment for high-quality clinical research.

Together with Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust we have set up joint academic initiatives for the treatment of patients with psychosis that includes community care, intensive care and rehabilitation services. Through our research based in SCANlab in Academic Clinical Psychiatry we are applying novel treatments to help reverse hallucinations and neurocognitive deficits in those who suffer from schizophrenia.

We are also proud to work with Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, one of four independent children’s trusts in England, and we are partners in the creation and continuing development of the first Children’s Clinical Research Facility in the UK, part of the UK Medicines for Children Research Network. Faculty staff in Academic Child Health direct research programmes in paediatric bone metabolism, endocrinology, diabetes and radiology.

Our School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), works with numerous NHS organisations across the country including NHS Direct, the East Midlands Ambulance Service and many other NHS Trusts, on national programmes and multi-centre trials and collaborations. Its clinical and health services research is embedded in the NHS nationwide. A very important link to the NHS is via ScHARR’s involvement and contribution to the work of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). ScHARR has more involvement with NICE than any other organisation in the country.


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