A Unique Research Asset

The Highland Clinical Research Facility (HCRF) is a novel, purpose built facility housed within the Highland Diabetes Institute, part of the Centre for Health Science; a 10,000sqm centre of excellence in life sciences. The HCRF is adjacent to the largest hospital in the region, Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. 

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland offers a unique research environment combining rich research assets in clinical and academic  

interests, with access to an under researched population and high quality support infrastructure.

The HCRF is managed by NHS Highland R& D Department (see below). The facility draws on NHS expertise through dedicated governanace staff, research nurses, GP and pharmacy staff (research active).  It is suitable for a range of healthcare and life science related activities and has the capacity to host studies requiring overnight observation.

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The NHS Highland Research and Development Office works to provide research active staff, new researchers and anybody interested in finding out how to begin research in any health related area throughout the NHS Highland area with support, advice and guidance in the following areas:

  • Calls for research
  • Research ideas
  • Partner searching
  • Obtaining funding
  • Research submission administration
  • Working out research costings
  • Ethical approval process
  • R&D management approval process
  • Ongoing administration of research projects
  • Publicising results and findings.

For further information please contact the R&D office on 01463 255087.


The Highland Surgical Research Facility is funded by NHS Highland and has 3 surgical research fellows and a fulltime research nurse.  The facility collaborates with Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Stirling, Highlands & Islands and Manchester.  

Research is been carried out in metabolomics and biomarker discovery in human disease and inflamatory bowel disease.

Working with Business

The HCRF provides a wide range of clinical research and health related services to commercial organisations and contract research firms, and is a participant in multicentre and single site trial activities. Services include:

  • Clinical trials
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Investigative procedures
  • Specialist consultancy

Additional business services include fitness and health checks, clinical monitoring and health orientated focus groups. 

HCRF staff can provide support and consultancy advice on trial design, ethics approvals, study feasibility, pharmacy, protocol design and patient recruitment strategies.

Research collaboration with NHS Highland is a key operational feature of the facility which has undertaken projects across a number of fields such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, opthalmology, palliative care, and mental health.  The facility also has close links with physicians in the region with expertise in other clinical fields.


The Highland Clinical Research Facility is a modern 250 sqm facility comprising: 

  • Reception and private waiting area
  • Nurses’ hub
  • Consulting rooms
  • Category 2 laboratory with facilities for processing blood samples, ‘near patient’ physiological/biological measurements and other metabolic research
  • Flexible clinical area.
  • Bedroom with ensuite suitable for day and overnight studies with the optional capacity for use with physiological equipment
  • Dedicated on site pharmacy
  • Specialist food preparation facilities.


The close vicinity and working relationship with Raigmore Hospital ensures access to specialist departments and facilities including a dedicated infusion suite for treatment, medical physics, blood science laboratories for analysis of specimens and the radiology department for imaging.

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 For further information Tel: +44 (0) 1463 255087