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The NIHR Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex is hosted by Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. We partner with NHS providers across the region. This includes hospital Trusts (acute, community and mental health), GP surgeries, pharmacies and other healthcare providers.

Why work with us?

Evidence suggests that patients who receive care in research-active institutions have better health outcomes than patients who are treated in a non-research environment, so by joining the research community you are actively helping to drive up the standard of healthcare for your patients. It’s also an opportunity for patients to better understand their health condition and feel like they’re giving something back to the NHS.

Clinical research provides an enhanced career path that is intellectually challenging and highly rewarding. It provides an opportunity to spend more quality-time engaging with patients and the chance to learn new techniques and approaches to treatment.

Whether you work in primary care or a hospital setting, we can support you and your team to make sure you have the resources and funding available to get involved with clinical research and make a difference to patients now and in the future.

We offer a range of services across the research delivery pathway. These services include: 

Expert advice

  • on how to make your study work in the NHS environment
  • about whether there is capability and capacity to carry out your study in the NHS (feasibility), and aligning your research protocol with NHS priorities
  • we can provide access to patients and the public to give their perspective on your research
    Service Support for your grant application
  • Also, we’ll use our specialist knowledge to advise you about NHS research sites, and their strengths and capabilities.

Site selection

We can use our experience and expertise to identify and engage the right research sites, with the right participants, for your study,

NHS Service Support resources

  • We can help arrange access to NHS Service Support once your study is confirmed as eligible for Network support
  • This includes access to NHS pharmacy, radiology and pathology support
  • It also includes access to Network-funded research delivery staff (research nurses, data managers etc.) to aid recruitment

Recruiting to time and target

We’ll support both you, and your selected sites, to meet you study’s recruitment targets within your timescales. We are happy to offer advice on your recruitment strategy, or suggest alternatives, at any point during the study life-cycle

Active performance monitoring

We can help you and your selected sites to performance manage the progress of studies. The data that we collect can help to identify and overcome recruitment barriers


We help the research community gain the necessary skills which underpin research, for example Good Clinical Practice training

ISRCTN registration

Researchers can apply for ISRCTN registration via the Central Portfolio Management System. Non-commercial studies with an interventional component qualify for ISRCTN registration funded by the Department of Health and Social Care in England.

Study Support Service

Our Study Support Service is free of charge. It offers a range of practical services including study feasibility, set-up, participant recruitment pathways, costings and contracts negotiations, help with regulatory approvals and performance monitoring.  

Primary Care research

The Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex has a dedicated primary care research delivery team. The team provides support in the following ways:

  • Identifies primary care organisations which want to get involved in research
  • Study set-up
  • Training and development of primary care staff
  • Performance management
  • Supports research in oral and dental settings, care homes and pharmacists, among others



We provide support to help the Life-sciences industry deliver high quality research in the NHS, giving patients access to new treatments. This support includes a clinical research intelligence service and proactive study performance management to ensure studies are delivered as planned. The engagement with industry means our portfolio of studies is more diverse, clinicians and patients have more opportunities to be involved in clinical trials and commercial research funding benefits the NHS as a whole.


We also work closely with Research Design Service South East. Find out how both organisations can help you by reading our Statement of Collaboration