Carla Girling

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Study Manager
+44 114 222 4027

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Carla Girling
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Room 2.13
The Innovation Centre
217 Portobello
S1 4DP

My main responsibility is for the management of the ORION trial. This is a pragmatic multicentre randomisation-controlled trial to assess whether radiofrequency ablation (using the Rafaelo® device) is at least as good as existing methods for the surgical treatment of haemorrhoids. ORION is funded by the National Institute of Health Research, Health Technology Assessment grants (NIHR131861).

My academic interest is the implementation of evidence-based medicine into clinical practice.

Previously, I managed a multi-centre quality improvement and implementation study, funded by NHS England, to transform the delivery of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) care in the UK. I addition, the study hosted the first cohort Multiple Randomised Controlled Trial (or 'Trials within Cohorts') platform, with a focus on behaviour change interventions. As part of the implementation of CFHealthHub into CF care, I helped design and delivered quality improvement workshops to NHS staff. Within the project I designed and conducted 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 of adult mental health conditions.


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Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Girling C, Hind D, Arden MA & Wildman MJ (2019) Developing an implementation strategy for the use of objective adherence data in routine clinical practice: a case study in cystic fibrosis clinics. IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE, Vol. 14 (pp 4-5) RIS download Bibtex download

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Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers


  • Hoo ZH, Totton N, Waterhouse S, Hind D, Girling C, Bradburn M, Shepherd E, Nightingale JA, Daniels TV, Dewar J , Saini G et al (2019) ePS5.05 Understanding objective adherence to preventative inhaled therapies at a centre level for quality improvement - a CFHealthHub (CFHH) improvement collaborative study. RIS download Bibtex download


Research group

Current projects

  • RadiO fRequency ablatION for haemorrhoids (ORION)

Previous projects

  • CFHealthHub Data Observatory – A Quality Improvement project and Trial within Cohort platform for Cystic Fibrosis
  • 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
  • HAR 679 Masters dissertation module tutor and dissertation supervisor