Our support

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) provides researchers with the practical support they need to make clinical studies happen in the NHS. This support covers every stage of research, from set up to delivery.

We provide world-class health service infrastructure - research support staff such as clinical research nurses, and research support services such as pharmacy, pathology and radiology - to support organisations seeking to conduct clinical research in the NHS in England. Some of this research is funded by the NIHR, but most of it is funded by NHS non-commercial partners and industry. We also supported the set up and delivery of clinical research in the NHS through our study support service.

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We support and oversee a wide range of research studies. Examples range from “major trauma” in road accidents or falls, burns, anaphylaxis (serious allergic reaction), asthma attack, and cardiac arrest, through to carbon monoxide poisoning, broken bones and sports injuries. In addition, this specialty area also includes some aspects of recovery and rehabilitation after injury, which takes place in a non-emergency setting.

We support and promote research in the following areas:

  • Pre-hospital Care
  • Emergency and acute care
  • Trauma
  • Fractures
  • Wounds
  • Sports injuries
  • Burns
  • Rehabilitation after injury
  • Trauma orthopaedics
  • Poisoning and self harm
  • Pandemic

Injuries and emergencies is a diverse and rapidly growing part of the Clinical Research Network portfolio. To ensure that we can provide the right advice and support to the full range of studies, we have created two specialist communities within our specialty. These are:

  • pre-hospital and emergency department care
  • musculoskeletal injury

Understandably, there are considerable overlaps with other specialty areas and in many cases our members and associates will work closely with colleagues from other specialty areas within the Network.

You can find out more about Injuries and Emergencies studies in your area through the UK Clinical Trials Gateway.

National Injuries and emergencies Clinical Specialty Leads

Each of our 15 Local Clinical Research Networks has at least one nominated local Clinical Specialty Research Lead for Injuries and emergencies. These clinicians lead research groups to promote and support Injuries and emergencies research within the NHS Trusts in their area.

At a national level the local leads come together to manage the national Injuries and emergencies clinical research portfolio. This involves regularly reviewing the progress of studies, identifying barriers to recruitment, and coming up with solutions and strategies to help overcome those barriers. Our National Specialty Group of clinical experts offer advice and support to commercial and non-commercial customers looking to conduct research in the NHS.

Meet our National Specialty Group Members


Injuries and Emergencies Specialty Leaflet

The Injuries and Emergencies Specialty leaflet gives an overview of the services we offer.

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Injuries and Emergencies Specialty Profile

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