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    Number of Alzheimer’s clinical trials almost doubles in 3 years

    19th July 2016

    According to latest figures, the number of drug trials to treat Alzheimer’s disease across the globe has almost doubled since 2013. This is great news, but this increase means that researchers are urgently seeking more people with memory problems to take part.

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    The Nursing Times features innovative recruitment model created by NIHR nursing team

    15th July 2016

    Written by the 2015 winners of the Clinical Research Nursing category of the Nursing Times Awards, based at the NIHR Cambridge BioResource, the article highlights a novel recruitment model with a focus on volunteer recruitment including strategies for engagement and retention of recruitment to research studies.

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    NIHR supported study to improve radiotherapy treatment for patients with prostate cancer

    15th July 2016

    A study supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) has published its findings in the Lancet, resulting in a recommended change for future radiotherapy treatment for patients with prostate cancer.

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About us

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.

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Our partners

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Key contacts

  • CRN: West of England
    University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
    Level 5, Whitefriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol BS1 2NT

  • Clinical Director

    Dr Steve Falk

    T: 0117 3421375


  • Chief Operating Officer

    Dr Mary Perkins

    T: 0117 3421375


  • Nurse Consultant (Research Delivery)

    Specialties: dermatology, diabetes, health services and delivery research, musculoskeletal disorders, oral health and dentistry, primary care, public health.

    Sue Taylor

    T: 0117 3421290


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