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    Everyone Included research initiative shortlisted for award

    11th October 2016

    Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has been shortlisted for a prestigious award, recognising trusts that go the extra mile to embed clinical research as core business.

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    NIHR 2015/16 Research Activity League Table coming soon...

    27th September 2016

    The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) 2015/16 NHS research Activity League Table, showing the extent of research activity in NHS trusts in England is to be released on Tuesday 25 October 2016. The league table is published annually, and for the first time, will also detail the amount of commercial contract studies being delivered by each NHS trust.

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  • Awards crop

    HSJ Research Award Shortlister

    22nd September 2016

    CRN: North Thames congratulate East London NHS Foundation Trust on their recent success

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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 an online course; ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. The course 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.

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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


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