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    Double award success for Lancashire GP practice

    29th September 2016

    A Lancashire based medical practice has won a national GP award and is also in the running for another prestigious accolade next month, for its clinical research efforts and achievements.

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    Primary care research trailblazers applauded

    28th September 2016

    The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network is delighted to announce the winners of the research awards run in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners (the College). These new awards, for members of the College, recognise research active NHS GPs and general practices that are demonstrating excellence and innovation in delivering NIHR research.

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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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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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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


  • 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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