The Children Specialty has been created by the alignment of the Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN) and the Paediatric (non-medicines) Specialty Group into one specialty covering all of children’s research. We are one of 30 Specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. Our membership is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners at both national and local levels. Our job is to ensure that the studies related to children included in our national portfolio of research receive the right support to ensure they are delivered successfully in the NHS.
About Children Research
We put children at the heart of our work and ensure the delivery of children’s research involves and works with children throughout its design and development. Over the last eight years we’ve developed the Young Persons’ Advisory Group, which is becoming increasingly influential in helping to improve the design and delivery of children’s clinical research studies.
Patient, carer and public information
We believe that high quality research, good recruitment and improved health outcomes for children, depend on listening to the voices of children and young people, as well as their families and carers.
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.
Question: What is the best way to make sure your clinical research study at a children’s hospital is family friendly? Answer: Ask a Young Person’s Advisory Group (YPAG) to contribute to its design. CRN: West Midlands explores the impact its local group is having on the delivery of clinical research.
Our 'Patient stories' campaign shows how people’s experiences are bringing research benefits to life and helping us to raise research awareness throughout England.
Research changed my life because... it’s helped me to overcome an allergy that has had a major impact on my day-to-day life since I was a small child.
Evaluation of Consumer Involvement in the NIHR Clinical Research Network: Children 2013-2014
This report presents findings from the evaluation of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network: Children Consumer Involvement Strategy 2013-2014. The evaluation was conducted by the National Children’s Bureau Research Centre.
Global Research in Paediatrics (GRiP) - Interviews with key partners
GRiP aims to stimulate and facilitate the development and safe use of medicines in children. Video interviews with some of the key partners from the project have been filmed and are now available to provide an insight into the project.
Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead
Dr Vanessa Poustie
CRN: Children - General enquiries
University of Liverpool, Dept. of Women's and Children's Health
Institute of Translational Medicine (Child Health)
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Eaton Rd, Liverpool, L12 2AP
General enquiries - CRN: Children
CRN: Children - Patient, carer and public involvement and engagement
Get in touch if you want to know more about how you can get involved in clinical research for children
CRN: Children - Portfolio enquiries
Non-commercial studies already on our Portfolio - CRN: Children