Carla GirlingPhoto of Carla Girling

Study Manager

Clinical Trials Research Unit, ScHARR
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office: Room 2.13, Innovation Centre
Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 4027
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 0870

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My main responsibility is for the management of a multi-centre quality improvement and implementation study, funded by NHS England, to transform the delivery of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) care in the UK. 

The CFHealthHub Data Observatory brings together NHS CF centres into an 'improvement collaborative', to plan, test and deliver changes that allow adherence data to become part of routine clinical encounters. In addition, the study hosts the first cohort Multiple Randomised Controlled Trial (or 'Trials within Cohorts') platform, with a focus on behaviour change interventions. Within the project we have also designed a mixed-methods process evaluation, to understand barriers and facilitators to behaviour change in clinical settings. 

Prior to joining CTRU I was a Research Assistant for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. During this time I conducted National Institute of Health Research Portfolio projects across a range adult mental health conditions. I am particularly interested in the application of evidence based therapy in clinical practice. I hold an MSc in Psychological Research Methods and a BSc in Psychology from the University of Sheffield.

Current Projects

CFHealthHub Data Observatory – A Quality Improvement project and Trial within Cohort platform for Cystic Fibrosis

Previous Projects

ASTIC lite- Autologous Stem cell Transplantation In refractory Crohn’s disease – Low Intensity Therapy Evaluation.

Teaching Interests

I am involved in various teaching activities within the faculty, including:

  • HAR6030 Introduction to Research Methods
  • MBChB 2, SSC Research Attachment, Undergraduate Medical Students
  • Personal tutor to Masters Level students
  • Masters dissertation supervisor


Levita, L., Duhne, P. G. S., Girling, C., & Waller, G. (2016). Facets of clinicians' anxiety and the delivery of cognitive behavioral therapy. Behaviour research and therapy, 77, 157-161.

Conference Publications

Girling, C., Hind D,. Arden, M., Wildman M J. (2019, July). Developing an implementation strategy for the use of objective adherence data in routine clinical practice: a case study in cystic fibrosis clinics. Poster presentation at 2nd Annual UK Implementation Science Research Conference, London, United Kingdom.    - Poster competition winner

Girling, C., Totton, N., Hind, D., Wildman, MJ. (2019). CFHealthHub Data Observatory: A trials within cohort platform for habit formation in Cystic Fibrosis. Presented at Trials Using Cohorts and routine data: Efficacy and Analysis Symposium, 2019. London, United Kingdom.