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.
Professor Jane Nixon, Deputy Director of the Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit, has recently been appointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator. This prestigious award recognises her contribution to research over the last decade.
North Devon nurses recruited the first patient in the country to an NIHR-funded study using text messaging with the aim of reducing sexually transmitted infections in young people. This achievement was all the more remarkable because it was a research study debut for this Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust team of nurses and health advisers based in a city centre walk in treatment centre.
In 2007, the clinical research environment for children underwent a major transformation. The European Union introduced its Paediatric Regulation, which meant that any company developing a drug for adults was legally obliged to consider how it could be developed for children. It’s no coincidence that two years earlier, the NIHR introduced its Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN).
Seasonal flu vaccines are essential to the prevention of flu worldwide. Over the last two years the NIHR Clinical Research Network has successfully supported studies in the UK for Seqirus – one of the world’s leading flu vaccine providers. Insight Monthly asked Dr David Bibby, Clinical Operations and vaccine specialist at Seqirus, why their relationship with the Network has been so successful.
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.