Welcome to the NIHR Clinical Research Network: West of England
As the NIHR Clinical Research Network: West of England, we help to increase the opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research, ensure that studies are carried out efficiently, and support the Government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences by improving the environment for commercial contract clinical research.
We cover Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol,
Gloucestershire, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and north and central Wiltshire.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network: West of England 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 West of England area.
Our integrated network includes secondary care and mental health trusts and works alongside primary care organisations, clinical commissioning groups, consortia, academic collaborations and local health networks.
Commercial research in NIHR Clinical Research Network: West of England
CRN: West of England, as part of NIHR CRN, is committed to supporting the Life-sciences industry in delivering high quality research in the NHS. Our aim is to create a world-class environment to carry out research, improving the health and wealth of the nation by giving more patients greater access to novel, cutting edge treatments and technology.
Together with our local health networks, we jointly fund People in Health West of England, a partnership to promote innovative and effective public involvement in research and evidence-based service improvement.
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.
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.
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.
CRN: West of England
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
Level 5, Whitefriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol BS1 2NT
Dr Steve Falk
Chief Operating Officer
Dr Mary Perkins
Nurse Consultant (Research Delivery)
Specialties: dermatology, diabetes, health services and delivery research, musculoskeletal disorders, oral health and dentistry, primary care, public health.