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The Emergency Department (ED) at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is committed to providing highest quality evidence-based care to all patients attending the department.

With this aim, research activity (along with audit) is seen as integral to improving patient care, either directly when comparing treatments or indirectly when evaluating working processes.

At any one time, there will be several projects actively recruiting participants, ranging from grant funded large multicentre randomised trials to smaller observational studies undertaken as part of trainee development.

The Emergency Medicine Research Group Edinburgh (EMERGE) has been established with three related aims:

  • To support the individual researcher and project, in order to improve the quality of the research, audit or service improvement,
  • To co-ordinate the departmental research activity, in order to facilitate and optimise research and minimise disruption to normal clinical practice,
  • To raise the local and national profile of Emergency Medicine research.

These aims will be achieved by:

  • Providing researchers with guidance and information on research processes, from research idea to implementation,
  • Raising awareness of research amongst clinical staff, Ensuring training in Good Clinical Practice and other research related procedures,
  • Regularly reviewing impact of research activity and provision of up-dates on progress (meetings/newsletter),
  • Maintaining a Research Register to record & co-ordinate research activity.


General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act (2018)

On 25 May 2018 new data protection regulations were introduced in the UK and across the EU.

The General Data Protection Legislation and new Data Protection Act, which come into force in the UK, will enable greater accountability and transparency by those who process personal data. The new legislation, GDPR for short, offers enhanced rights to individuals whose data is being processed. In the context of research, GDPR has the potential to further benefit research and archiving, helping to improve trust and confidence between the public and universities, and between researchers and their participants.

For more information on the requirements of the new data protection legislation, please see the ICO guide and the MRC Regulatory Support Centre.


Emerge World

EMERGE and the RRG currently manage, coordinate and implement over 50 projects, trials and studies that include commercial, non- commercial and academic, audit, service improvements projects, nurse-led research, student involvement, and educational and mentorship support.

Our Partners

We work closely with a number of affiliates and partners on a project by project basis. The Resuscitation Research Group (RRG) was born of EMERGE and continues to work collaboratively in their efforts to improve OHCA. 6 organisations go beyond specific trials and are core to everything that we do.

We are truly grateful for their support