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Research network support

Clinical Research Network: Eastern is one of 15 networks across England with the goal of facilitating and embedding clinical research in the NHS.

The networks are funded by The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The Clinical Research Network was created as part of the government’s research and development strategy to provide a world-class infrastructure for clinical trials in all areas of disease and clinical need within the NHS.

The aims of the Clinical Research Network are:

  • To ensure that patients and healthcare professionals from all parts of the country and from all areas of healthcare can take part in and benefit from clinical research
  • To improve the quality, speed and coordination of clinical research by removing the barriers to research within the NHS
  • To streamline and performance manage NHS support for clinical studies to ensure that the costs of research are met in a timely and efficient manner
  • To unify and streamline administrative procedures associated with regulation, governance, reporting and approvals
  • To strengthen research collaboration with industry and ensure that the NHS can meet the health research needs of industry
  • To further integrate health research and patient care.

In order to achieve these aims, the Clinical Research Network:

  • Provides an excellent clinical research infrastructure to support a high quality portfolio of clinical research studies and facilitate patient participation into studies
  • Provides those NHS Service Support Costs which were previously provided through other NHS R&D funding streams
  • Provides and deploys resources for research management in order to ensure that the research portfolio is delivered to the highest standards of research governance.