Clinical Research Nurses

Clinical research nurses and midwives are crucial to delivering research. They provide and deliver high quality patient care, deal with data collection, follow-ups, patient groups and industry. They also develop and build multi-disciplinary teams that deliver research.

The NIHR wants to attract, develop and retain the best research professionals to conduct people based research. Key to this is realising the potential of the NIHR funded clinical research nurses (CRNs), midwives and specialist community public health nurses and recognising the vital role they play in the delivery of quality clinical research care.


70@70: Nurse and midwife research leadership programme

The 70@70 NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme is aimed at senior nurse and midwife clinical leaders with experience of building a research-led care environment for patients, and a record of developing existing practice and contributing to a research rich environment. 70@70 is now closed to applications — 142 nurse and midwives applied.

Clare Meachin, Associate Director of Nursing at the NIHR and 70@70 Programme Director, said: “We are delighted with the response to 70@70, it shows the desire among senior nurses and midwives to support innovation, drive improvements in future care and strengthen the research voice.

Successful applicants will be contacted in the new year.

Find out more: 70@70: The NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leader Programme 

Our 'Keep Making a Difference' campaign

Our campaign aims to attract nurses and midwives into clinical research roles. The Keep Making a Difference campaign is geared toward nurses and midwives nearing retirement, returning from a career break or seeking a career change.

Clinical research has transformed treatment in the NHS and the care patients receive. Research roles are highly rewarding and our campaign is all about encouraging nurses and midwives to consider a research role to keep on making a difference in the field of nursing and midwifery.

Find out more: Keep Making a Difference

Clinical Research Nursing Strategy 2017-2020

Our Clinical Research Nursing (CRN) Strategy reflects the NIHR mission to “provide a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public”.

The strategy sets out four strategic goals:

  • Creating a clinical research culture that is patient and public focused
  • Promoting innovation in research delivery practice to include the use of digital technologies
  • Improving awareness and understanding of the specialty of clinical research nursing and its contribution and impact
  • Developing leaders to share best clinical research nursing practice locally, nationally and internationally

Find out more:


Connecting Clinical Research Nurses

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network supports thousands of clinical research nurses in the NHS - helping them to develop their skills and further their careers through research.

  • Sign up to CONNECT: Our monthly newsletter shares information and updates relating to our clinical research nursing strategy. To sign up email: 
  • Follow us on Twitter: Keep in touch with the nursing community using our hashtag #CRNurse.


Celebrating Clinical Research Nurses

Every year to mark International Nurses Day, the NIHR hosts a national meeting to recognise and celebrate the work of Clinical Research Nurses.

It is an opportunity to hear from speakers who work in the clinical research environment and for delegates to present their research work in posters .