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: Eastern is hosted by Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation 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 Eastern area.
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The NIHR Clinical Research Network: Eastern 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 Eastern area.
CRN: Eastern Leadership Team
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.
Enlisting a Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) or lay representative on a research team has been relatively uncommon to date, but teams in Clinical Research Network Eastern have embraced the chance to include an alternative perspective by getting PPIE representative, Esther Harris, involved in their research.
CRN Eastern Main Contact
Lead Clinical Director - Eastern
Dr Jesus Perez
Chief Operating Officer - Eastern
Clinical Director for Secondary Care - Eastern