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    NIHR Nurses recognised by Chris Whitty for International Nurses Day

    12th May 2016

    12 May marks the day when Nurses all over the world are celebrated for their hard work and contribution to International health, and for the NIHR CRN, we celebrate the crucial work of NIHR Research Nurses in ensuring the smooth delivery of clinical research across England.

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    All welcome to share 'What MOOC means to me' in TweetChat

    6th May 2016

    The start of the next National Institute for Health research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) and Leeds Univesity Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 'Improving Healthcare through Research' commences on 6 June. The TweetChat aims to bring together patients who have already undertaken the MOOC to provide their experience and help answer questions that people may have about what it is like to do the MOOC, and also research professional, patients and the public who are interested in research and are thinking about signing up.

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    Health Research Authority (HRA) Approval implemented

    8th April 2016

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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.

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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.

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Case studies

  • 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.

  • Young people’s perspective enhances research delivery

    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.

  • Patient stories

    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 - Tom - allergy

    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.

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Key contacts

  • 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

    T: +44 (0)151 252 5067


  • 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


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