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    Insight Monthly: Prevention / Surgery

    29th July 2016

    The next round of Insight Monthly articles is live. This month’s articles fall under two themes; prevention and surgery.

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  • CollaborationNational

    Creating an innovation and research culture in a complex system

    29th July 2016

    ‘Creating an innovation and research culture in a complex system’ is an exciting new position paper that was developed in collaboration between NIHR and London South Bank University.

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    “I am keen to do anything I can to help medical research”

    22nd July 2016

    Alun is taking part in a study to help people with Parkinson’s. Find out why he enjoys taking part in research.

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About CRN: Thames Valley and South Midlands

The NIHR Clinical Research Network: Thames Valley and South Midlands 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 Thames Valley and South Midlands area.


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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 a MOOC; ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. The MOOC is free, and available to anyone wanting to learn about clinical research.

  • Bridging the gap

    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.

  • What makes a good commercial partner?

    The Industry Roadmap group provides a forum in which the Clinical Research Network and the Biopharmaceutical Industry (including Contract Research Organisations) can interact, with the aim of optimising support for the delivery of commercially sponsored clinical trials supported by the Network. The group surveyed NHS employees to understand how they as companies could best work with the NHS to deliver research.

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