University of Nottingham

 Evaluation, trials and testing



Centre for Healthcare Equipment & Technology Adoption (CHEATA)


CHEATA offers a unique contract-based support service to clinical, academic and commercial med-tech developers to gather evidence for NHS adoption and to help our clients develop devices that are truly NHS-ready.

The Centre for Healthcare Equipment & Technology Adoption (CHEATA) is part of Clinical Engineering at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

As a one-stop-shop for all medical technology adoption needs, CHEATA's service portfolio includes:

  • Identification of opportunities
  • Value proposition
  • Human Factors
  • Clinical evaluation
  • NICE submission
  • Regulatory compliance support
  • Medical device training
  • Grant submission

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Equipment and Facilities                               

Morgan Alexander and Paul Williams with OrbiSIMS Facility

The University of Nottingham has a wealth of equipment and facilities spread throughout its faculties and research areas. Many of these are available for contract R&D.

Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre

We have world leading imaging capabilities at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre - at the University and Queens Medical Centre.

This is an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty centre for innovative imaging in experimental and translational medicine, bringing together researchers who develop new medical imaging techniques with clinicians and scientists who use them.

We have:

  • staff with training and experience in working to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards
  • clinically qualified radiographers available if required

The Centre for Additive Manufacturing is at the cutting edge of research and its application into healthcare.

With 100 academics, researchers and dedicated technicians, our research is enhanced by £10 million additive manufacturing laboratories, supported by state-of-the art testing facilities.

The group works closely with business to translate its technology through to commercial use, through its consultancy company


Interface and Surface Analysis Centre (ISAC)

ISAC is a centre of excellence in surface and interface analytics in partnership with the UK's national metrology institute the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). 

ISAC is a gateway to the hub of world leading experts and facilities at the University of Nottingham and NPL. We co-ordinate and project manage consultancy and analysis services for, and in collaboration with, commercial and research partners.

 From chemical identification to microscopic visualisation, mechanical testing to biological assays, ISAC offers a complete suite of analytical capabilities.

With world leading experts in materials characterisation, nanotechnology, biomedical surfaces, mechanical engineering and beyond, ISAC offers quality analysis and interpretation in a variety of scientific and industrial applications (e.g. manufacturing processes, failure analysis and product development). 



SLIM provides cutting-edge imaging facilities to researchers across the University, as well as external collaborators. SLIM encompasses 3 units


The Medical Imaging Unit (MIU) in the School of Medicine is available for clinicians and scientists who wish to use MRI techniques to enhance their research using the state-of-the-art University facilities.


NIHR Biomedical Research Centre             

Dr Jen Martin working on digital support for PTSD therapy

The NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre  was established to translate research into breakthrough treatments, new technologies and advanced medicines.

The  NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a £46m partnership between Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham, set up in 2017 and renewed in 2022.

Its research themes are:  

  • Magnetic Resonance and Precision Imaging
  • Hearing
  • Respiratory
  • Informatics
  • Gastrointestinal and liver
  • Mental Health and technology
  • Musculoskeletal, Surgery, Inflammation and Recovery
  • COVID-19

Our research is led by internationally-renowned academics, scientists and clinicians and we have unrivalled expertise in innovation, scientific discovery and research that is changing clinical practice.

The BRC is supported by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.



Medical Technologies Innovation Facility 

MTIF at the Boots Enterprise Zone

The Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF) is a dual site research and development facility available to industry and academic institutions to support and accelerate the development of innovative medical technologies.

The MTIF partners have been brought together to support all stages of product development from bench to bedside, providing facilities, expertise and experience in all aspects of MedTech development.

MTIF partners are:

  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Medilink East Midlands
  • East Midlands Academic Health Science Network
  • Biocity
  • University of Nottingham
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University Hospital of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

The MTIF Research Centre is based at Nottingham Trent University's Clifton site; and its Development Centre is based at the Boots Enterprise Zone

Find out more about MTIF and its services; and how this can support your MedTech development.




 NIHR Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit

 John Atherton and patient

The Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit’s (NCTU) mission is to conduct high quality, high impact multicentre trials to improve health and well-being.

The Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit is a UK Clinical Research Collaboration registered Clinical Trials Unit, and has close links with local NHS Trusts and with the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre.

Funded by NIHR, NCTU has a broad portfolio of studies to evaluate drugs, devices and complex interventions. We also design and conduct methodological research to improve how we do trials.  



NIHR Nottingham Clinical Research Facility

 Professor Dorothee Auer and MRI scanner

Across Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, we have a network of research facilities that together form the Nottingham Clinical Research Facility (CRF).

We have over 2,000m2 of clinical research space, managed by staff expert in developing and delivering experimental medicine.

Our network of facilities enables us to develop early phase reseach into treatments and medicines that will benefit patients in our hospitals and across the world.

Find out more about the Nottingham Clinical Research Facility