The NIHR Clinical Research Network is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS. We operate nationally across England through a national coordinating centre and 15 local branches delivering research in the NHS across all disease areas.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network: East Midlands is hosted by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The host is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of research in the Trusts, primary care organisations and other qualified NHS providers throughout the East Midlands area.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network: East Midlands helps to increase the opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research, ensures that studies are carried out efficiently, and supports the Government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences by improving the environment for commercial contract clinical research in the NHS in the East Midlands area.
Supporting commercial research in the East Midlands
We work in collaboration to ensure the East Midlands is first choice for industry sponsored research. Find out more about the work of the CRN: East Midlands Industry team.
Smarter working with EDGE, our new local portfolio management system
EDGE has huge potential to help us work smarter and facilitate the alignment and more efficient management of research data. Find out more about our new local portfolio management system and how it will support the work of all partners in the East Midlands.
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.
Assessing a person with dementia in a research study requires a high level of skill and expertise. Having experienced raters available can affect whether the life-sciences industry choose to run a study in the UK. Insight Monthly investigates an innovative programme to increase the number of raters in the Clinical Research Network.
The Industry Roadmap group provides a forum in which the Clinical Research Network and the Biopharmaceutical Industry (including Contract Research Organisations) can interact, with the aim of optimising support for the delivery of commercially sponsored clinical trials supported by the Network. The group surveyed NHS employees to understand how they as companies could best work with the NHS to deliver research.
Process summary for urgent public health risk research
In the event of an urgent public health outbreak (eg a pandemic) the Clinical Research Network must be able to rapidly set-up relevant research studies and ensure that these studies are successfully conducted so that their findings can inform the on-going care of patients during the outbreak. This document sumarises the Network's response process.
Host organisation - University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Base 1. Leicester: Knighton Street Outpatients, 1st Floor, Leicester Royal Infirmary, LE1 5WW
Base 2. Nottingham: NHSP, C Floor, South Block, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, QMC Campus, NG7 2UH
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Clinical Director - East Midlands
Professor David Rowbotham
Chief Operating Officer - East Midlands