The Study Support Service is provided by the NIHR Clinical Research Network.
Worked with us before?
If you know what you need and how to access it, submit your study via our online portal. We have a range of guides to help you use the system.
Or contact us as soon as possible to discuss support for your upcoming study.
Email the Study Support Service Helpdesk or call
+00 44 (0)113 34 34 555
“Network systems and processes to fast track study set-up were effective… we had one fully executed site contract within 25 days which is a company record for a UK site”
“Without the support of the Clinical Research Network at a local level this study would never have happened”
“This was our first UK trial and working with the NIHR Clinical Research Network enabled us to hit the ground running in the UK”
“The Network as a whole has advised and provided support for ethics approvals as well as advising on the set-up of the study"
"It was our ability to utilise the NIHR’s extensive primary care network that made the UK a viable option for placing the studies"
This offer of support is free of charge and is part of the Study Support Service.
We work with you to ensure all study sites are set up as rapidly as possible.
We create and implement a study-wide action plan, detailing a single set of recommendations and key information for all study sites that enables a ‘do once and share’ approach. The study-wide action plan serves as a central resource to help all sites set-up effectively. It helps to maximise study delivery, enables sites to develop proactive solutions and encourages collaborative working.
The study-wide action plan also works alongside the NIHR Clinical Research Network’s good practice principles for local site assessment, arrangement and confirmation of capacity and capability. Our national approach helps to provide consistency in set-up across all sites and ensure your study is set-up as quickly and efficiently as possible.
There are a number of tools and processes we use to support the effective set up of commercial clinical research in the NHS:
If your study is already part of the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio and you need support or help with investigators, site set-up, or recruitment issues, contact your local Industry Operations Manager for support.
This case study describes how the Clinical Research Network's helped to get the CANDLE study up and running across 18 sites in England.