Run your study in the NHS

New Patient Recruitment Centres

Our five new national Patient Recruitment Centres are the first family of NIHR research facilities that are 100% dedicated to delivering commercial research.

Design patient-friendly trial protocols

Our Patient Engagement in Clinical Development Service enables life science companies gain patient insight on proposed clinical trial protocols.

Deliver complex and innovative trials

Read a range of case studies describing how we have been delivering novel, complex and innovative clinical trials over the last decade in the UK.

We can help you deliver your study in the NHS

From finding sites to monitoring performance, we offer a range of free support to help get your study up and running and to keep it on track.

We do this by working in partnership with the NHS to deliver high quality clinical research. Our dedicated, research-ready workforce of 10,000+  personnel is embedded throughout the NHS across England. All our NHS sites are connected through our national network. This enables national oversight  of all clinical research activity and local targeting of support through our regional teams.

 Last year 100% of NHS Trusts recruited participants into clinical studies supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network and 75% of NHS Trusts recruited participants into commercial contract research.


What would you like to do next?

Didn’t find what you were looking for?

If your not quite ready to run your study perhaps you’d like to:

You may also be interested to know how our services complement the paid-for support services that are provided by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

“We were aware that the UK had a health research system embedded in its national health service that could potentially help us enroll quickly, and this positively influenced our decision to conduct a trial in the UK. We were [also] keenly aware of the UK’s Urgent Public Health response and process. Our first port of call when bringing the trial to the UK, after the protocol was approved by MHRA, was to work with NIHR to ensure rapid recruitment and enrollment that would ideally provide a near-term view of NVX-CoV2373’s efficacy.”
Wendy Talbott, Senior Director of Clinical Operations at Novavax, March 2021

Working across the UK

Our network is for the NHS in England, but you can be assured that we work collaboratively with our colleagues in Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland to enable a smooth and quick research delivery experience across the UK.

Contact us

Get started by  contacting the Study Support Service Help desk

If your study is already part of the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio and you need support or help with investigators, site set-up, or recruitment issues, contact your local Industry Operations Manager for support.

“Without NIHR support, I don’t believe that we would have been so far in our journey and be at this stage; ready for the study to go live in the next couple of months. And I also don’t think that, as a company, we would really understand how we would develop our evidence strategy at this stage in our life cycle.”
Jonathan Abraham, CEO and Co-founder, Healum

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