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.

Seventy senior nurses and midwives have been successfully accepted onto the NIHR’s 70@70 leadership programme.

Clare Meachin, Associate Director of Nursing at the NIHR and 70@70 Programme Director, said:

“The response to 70@70 has been amazing. The programme has proved extremely popular and it has been gratifying to see so many nurses and midwives share our excitement for the purpose of 70@70.

“The field was strong and the passion to innovate, improve future care and strengthen the research voice shone through. Many congratulations to our 70 successful applicants who are now raring to go, and for those who didn’t make it this time, your hard work and talent has not gone unnoticed.”

Find out more: 70@70

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

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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 .