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.
Last year, more than 630,000 patients took part in clinical research studies supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network.