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We work with research charities (including the Stroke Association) and patient support organisations to ensure that studies meet patient needs and are successfully delivered in the NHS.
Collaboration with other clinical specialties is integral to service delivery and research into stroke. We work closely with other specialties, such as: Cardiovascular, Injuries and emergencies, Haematology, Primary care, and Dementias and neuro-degeneration. This provides access to support and expertise which helps to maximise opportunities for recruitment of study participants.
Stroke research is undertaken not only by stroke physicians, but also allied health professionals such as: physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, speech and language therapists, paramedics and stroke research nurses. Through the NIHR Clinical Research Network you can rapidly access the most appropriate professionals to carry out your trial.
There are nine Hyperacute Stroke Research Centres (HSRCs) across England; providing researchers with the infrastructure to conduct complex research round the clock.
A number of NHS trusts have developed dedicated ‘fast response’ stroke units capable of providing specialist ‘clot busting’ therapies within hours of stroke onset which have had a major impact on stroke treatment. The HSRCs provide a vital link between these units and researchers enabling research in this vital area.
Hyperacute Stroke Research Centres have increased research capability and capacity. The centres are staffed by multidisciplinary research teams including clinical stroke specialists, research nurses, radiographers and interventional neuroradiologists, who can provide out of hours cover. This ensures that pioneering research into complex interventions delivered within hours of stroke onset can take place.
Since its inception in 2006, the NIHR has significantly increased the scale of clinical research in the NHS, particularly through the NIHR Clinical Research Network. The enthusiastic engagement of NHS physicians and trainees is essential for sustaining and building on this success, particularly given the many competing demands on clinician time and resources.
For a second year, the NIHR Clinical Research Network has ran research awards in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians. The awards recognise outstanding contributions of NHS consultants and trainees who are active in research.
For further information visit the awards webpage.