Latest news

  • NT.and.nurse.251x251jpgNational

    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.

    Read full story
  • 251x251_e-learningNational

    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.

    Read full story
  • Research.Nurse251x251National

    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.

    Read full story
See all news

Latest events and courses

Filter events

About Mental health research

We oversee research that deals with a wide range of conditions such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and personality disorders. This means that we support a wide range of research studies that examine the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mental health conditions.

Read more

Information for researchers

We employ dedicated teams of clinical studies officers who work exclusively on our studies, helping to recruit patients and ease the administrative burden, making it easy for you to get on with the research.

Read more

Patient, carer and public information

Our specialty encourages people with personal experience of mental health problems to work with us, and get involved in individual research projects. The studies we support all aim to improve NHS services and treatments and we believe the people who use those services and potentially benefit from the treatments, can give invaluable advice to researchers. 

Read more

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.

  • Overcoming uncertainty: Clinical research and prison

    CRN: Mental health looks at the successful delivery of N-ALIVE, a groundbreaking study taking place in Her Majesty’s Prisons. Published in the Spring 2015 edition of Insight magazine

  • 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.

See all case studies

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


See all contacts