UK CLINICAL RESEARCH NETWORK
Clinical research networks have been established in each of the four UK nations, funded by the UK Health Departments. Together these national networks form the UK Clinical Research Network (UKCRN).
If you are developing a proposal for a research study that will involve patients in the NHS, and your study is eligible for the UK Clinical Research Network Portfolio, you should approach the Clinical Research Network during your planning for guidance on the practical aspects of delivering your study in the NHS environment.
Depending on your location, you may wish to contact the devolved nations’ research networks regarding any available assistance for research design.
NIHR Clinical Research Network (England)
The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) consists of six topic-specific research networks (including cancer, dementia and neurodegenerative diseases and stroke, the Primary Care Research Network and the Comprehensive Clinical Research Network.
The CRN provides a list of study planning contact details; who you should contact depends on the medical speciality of your research.
The Scottish Clinical Research Portfolio includes networks for cancer, dementia, stroke and primary care. There is also support available for research areas outside of the main topic specific networks that is funded by an eligible funder.
The NISCHR Clinical Research Centre (Wales) lists 17 Registered Research Groups for a wide range of topics and disease areas, including cancer, dementias and neurodegenerative diseases, older people and ageing and a primary care team.
The Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network’s list of areas of interest includes dementia, stroke and primary care. The NICRN will also consider good quality studies from other areas.