Our training and facilities ensure NHS research staff have the necessary skills and environment in which to conduct and deliver high-quality research.
This infrastructure includes:
Local Clinical Research Networks place trained staff where clinical trial support is needed. For example, they:
As well as site resource support, we also provide the following services:
The Study Milestone Schedule helps the Sponsor and the CRN refine study expectations. It details the sites which are being supported by the CRN and supports collaborative working by defining joint timelines and recruitment targets. The form is also a useful tool that supports proactive study performance management both nationally and locally.
The Sponsor and CRN work together to complete the Study Milestone Schedule following final site selection, and a recruitment data upload form is issued. This process is managed in the Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS).
The Network works closely with companies to monitor site set up and recruitment into our CRN Portfolio of studies.
A specific and crucial condition of inclusion in the CRN Portfolio is that the Network receives recruitment updates for your study on a monthly basis to enable accurate performance management and future feasibility. Site recruitment updates must be provided via CPMS in the appropriately specified format using the recruitment data upload form that was issued when the SMS was agreed; you will receive a monthly email from the CRN to remind you to do this. Patient recruitment will be collected for all UK study sites (Network and non-Network) once the study is open to recruitment.
Our Red-Amber-Green (RAG) reporting system on the Open Data Platform (ODP) enables the Network to apply active performance management as they provide a nationwide understanding of recruitment and pin-point areas for attention.
This report enables Local CRN staff to manage your study actively on a site-by-site basis, ensuring everyone involved with study delivery is aware of the recruitment status of the study.
Our CRN also has an overall target for delivery of research across the NHS and these are reported in our Quarterly Performance Reports which are available via the links to the right.