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Clinical Research Network

The NIHR Clinical Research Network makes it possible for all patients and health professionals across England to participate in relevant clinical trials.

The aims of the NIHR Clinical Research Network is to:
  • Ensure patients and healthcare professionals from all parts of the country are able to participate in and benefit from clinical research
  • Integrate health research and patient care
  • Improve the quality, speed and co-ordination of clinical research
  • Increase collaboration with industry partners and ensure that the NHS can meet the health research needs of industry.
A number of networks co-ordinate clinical trials for specific conditions. These are:
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Mental Health
  • Diabetes
  • Medicines for Children
  • Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases

A Primary Care Research Network focuses on health areas for which primary care has particular responsibility, including disease prevention, health promotion, screening, early diagnosis, and the clinical management of long term conditions.

In addition to these networks, the NIHR has established a Comprehensive Research Network to encourage clinical trials in all areas of diseases and clinical need within the NHS other than the specific conditions above. 

The work of all the networks is coordinated by the NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre through local recruitment and management centres.

NIHR briefing document:

   4.1 Clinical Research Network