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NIHR Clinical Research Network to support broader range of research studies

  Created on Monday, 08 Jan 2018. Posted in News Items

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) will be extending support into health and social care research taking place in non-NHS settings.

The change to the policy will mean the CRN can support research conducted outside of NHS settings, such as studies running in care homes or in hospices, which will answer important questions for those patient populations.  The CRN will also be able to better support research into public health, for example in schools and other community settings.

This change to the ‘Eligibility Criteria for NIHR Clinical Research Network Support’ policy is a way in which the NIHR is addressing the evolving health and care landscape and the changing needs of people and patients.

Phased rollout
The CRN will monitor the implementation of this policy change over a 12-month period, with a phased rollout from 1 January 2018.

Initially, CRN support will be extended to:

  • Public health research studies outside of NHS settings
  • Social care research studies outside of NHS settings, which are funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research
  • Other studies taking place outside of NHS settings e.g. hospices