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NHS and Foundation Trusts announced as new hosts for NIHR Local Clinical Research Networks to help people across England take part in clinical research in the NHS  

The Department of Health, through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has announced the 15 NHS Trusts/Foundation Trusts that will host the local branches of the NIHR Clinical Research Network from April 2014.
The NIHR Local Clinical Research Networks will distribute £280 million of NIHR funding per year to hospitals and surgeries across England to, pay for research nurses, scans, x-rays and other costs associated with carrying out clinical research in the NHS. The Networks will help to increase the opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research, and will be responsible for making sure that studies are carried out efficiently. They will also support the Government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences by improving the environment for life-sciences research in the NHS.
Clinical research provides evidence about “what works”, and on how the NHS can best use its resources to best provide better treatments for NHS patients across all areas of medicine. The promotion, conduct and use of clinical research is included in the NHS Constitution, which pledges that patients will be informed of research studies in which they may be eligible to participate.
Last year, more than 630,000 patients took part in clinical research studies supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network.
Dr Daniel Poulter, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, said:
These changes will give patients around the country better access to clinical research. That means new treatments will be developed faster and available for patients earlier.
The UK’s position as a world leader in the field of research is something we are rightly proud of. The network provides a platform for exciting studies to take place and build on that reputation.”
The 15 NHS Trusts / Foundation Trusts are:

  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust 

4 September 2013


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