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    The Nursing Times features innovative recruitment model created by NIHR nursing team

    15th July 2016

    Written by the 2015 winners of the Clinical Research Nursing category of the Nursing Times Awards, based at the NIHR Cambridge BioResource, the article highlights a novel recruitment model with a focus on volunteer recruitment including strategies for engagement and retention of recruitment to research studies.

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    New case study: Engaging global communities in research learning

    12th July 2016

    Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a relatively new way to learn. They make learning accessible and engaging to people all over the world. This case study looks at how the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has utilised this pioneering delivery model to bring clinical research learning to more than 12,000 people across the globe.

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    Nursing Times Awards publish 'Clinical Research Nursing' shortlist

    7th July 2016

    The Nursing Times Awards is a prestigious annual event aimed to recognise Nurses for ther contributions to healthcare, and this years finalists for the Clinical Research Nursing category, sponsored by the NIHR Clinical research Network, has been published on the Nursing Times website.

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About Anaesthesia Research

We oversee research that deals with Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management. This means that we support a wide range of research studies such as those involving:

  • Studies on the development, use and effect of anaesthetics, including drugs and techniques for sedation
  • Studies on the non-surgical aspects of the perioperative management of patients undergoing surgical procedures
  • Studies on the management and treatment of acute and chronic pain
  • Studies on the organisation and delivery of services for the perioperative management of patients and the treatment of pain, including the impact of training staff
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Related links to the Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management Specialty.

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Patient, carer and public information

Patients are at the centre of our work. As a patient, carer or as a member of the public you can get involved by taking part in research, or by helping to shape research.

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Case studies

  • Engaging global communities in research learning

    Enabling understanding of clinical research and its role in improving healthcare is a core objective in the Network. In 2015 the Network’s Workforce, Learning and Organisational Development team partnered with the Digital Learning team at Leeds University to develop a MOOC; ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. The MOOC is free, and available to anyone wanting to learn about clinical research.

  • Maintaining the UK's leading edge

    Eight senior clinical academics joined the ranks of the Network in 2015 as Specialty Cluster Leads. Their role? To ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of clinical research so that NHS patients can continue to benefit from leading-edge treatments. Insight magazine learns why and how.

  • Trainee research networks: A model for success

    In some areas of medicine the proportion of clinicians undertaking clinical research is lower than in others. This is true of surgery and anaesthesia. However, the tide is turning. Insight magazine reveals how Trainee Networks are creating the next generation of research active anaesthetists and surgeons.

  • Flexible Network workforce in practice

    Find out how CRN: South London recruited 235 patients in one week to a surgical study.

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Key contacts

  • Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead

    Joanne Ashcroft

    T: +44 (0)7769248875


  • Existing study enquiries - life-sciences industry

    Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio


  • Existing study enquiries - non-commercial

    Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio


  • General enquiries

    NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Hub
    Division of Health & Social Care Research
    Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
    King's College London
    6th Floor, Addison House, Guy’s Campus, London, SE1 1UL


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