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    South West research participant fully engaged in community health

    23rd August 2016

    Kate Atkinson has a valuable perspective of clinical research as an asthma trial participant and the chair of a Patient Participation Group at a Cornwall GP practice.

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    New date announced for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

    19th August 2016

    The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has announced the next launch date for the next Massive Open Online Course, which will run on 7 November 2016 for the third time since it was developed in 2015.

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    Royal College of General Practitioners and Clinical Research Network award scheme - now open for entries

    2nd August 2016

    This new award scheme will recognise research active NHS general practices that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in delivering NIHR research.

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About primary care research


Working with a wide range of primary care practitioners such as GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists and dentists, we support and oversee research in areas which primary care practitioners have particular responsibility. This includes health promotion, disease prevention, screening and early diagnosis, as well as the management of common and long-term conditions.

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Patient, carer and public information

Patients are at the centre of our work. As a patient, carer or as a member of the public you can get involved by taking part in research, or by helping to shape research.

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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.

  • Boosting commercial research in primary care

    Insight Magazine explores how the Clinical Research Network is working with general practices to bring more commercial research to the UK.

  • The Changing face of community pharmacy

    Local Clinical Research Networks across England are reaching out to community pharmacies to increase engagement with clinical research. Insight magazine hit the road to find out more.

  • Patient groups leading the way in primary care research

    Insight magazine caught up with the first and second prize winners of the N.A.P.P. Research Engagement Award for Patient Participation Groups.

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Key contacts

  • Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead

    Joanne Ashcroft

    T: +44 (0)7769248875

    E: joanne.ashcroft@nihr.ac.uk

  • Existing study enquiries - life-sciences industry

    Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio

    E: crncc.support@nihr.ac.uk

  • Existing study enquiries - non-commercial

    Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio

    E: crncc.portfolioa@nihr.ac.uk

  • 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

    E: crnspecialtyhub.kcl@nihr.ac.uk

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