NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) North Thames
Helping to increase opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research
CRN North Thames was established in April 2014 as one of 15 networks in the country, and covers south and west Hertfordshire, south Bedfordshire, south west and mid Essex, and north east and north central London, to align with the geography of the UCLPartners Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and NIHR CLAHRC North Thames.
The network provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments. The CRN helps researchers to set up clinical studies quickly and effectively; supports the life sciences industry to deliver its research programmes; provides health professionals with research training; and works with patients to ensure their needs are at the very centre of all research activity.
The network is hosted by Barts Health NHS Trust, who have appointed a leadership team responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of research in NHS trusts, primary care organisations and other qualified NHS providers throughout the North Thames area.
Since it was established, the NIHR CRN North Thames has helped over 120,000 people take part in research within the region across the full spectrum of conditions, from childhood diseases and genetics, to diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease and mental health.
The NIHR CRN North Thames has seven key objectives:
- To increase the number of people taking part in NIHR studies
- To increase the proportion of studies delivering to recruitment targets on time
- To increase the number of commercial studies delivered through the network
- To reduce the time taken to set up studies in the NHS
- To reduce the time taken to recruit the first patient (a key milestone) into NIHR studies
- To increase NHS participation in NIHR studies
- To increase the number of people taking part in dementia and neurodegeneration studies