The NIHR Clinical Research Network is made up of 15 Local Clinical Research Networks across England. These local Networks coordinate and support the delivery of high quality research taking place in the NHS and across the wider health and social care environment.
The local Networks help to increase the opportunities for participants to take part in clinical research, ensure that studies are carried out efficiently, and support the Government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences by improving the environment for commercial contract clinical research. The Clinical Research Network receives funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) which it uses to allocate funding to the local Networks.
Find your local Clinical Research Network:
North East and North Cumbria
North West Coast
Yorkshire and Humber
West of England
Thames Valley and South Midlands
East of England
Kent, Surrey and Sussex
South West Peninsula
North West London
From 2024, the NIHR Clinical Research Network will become the NIHR Research Delivery Network. The 15 current Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRNs) will be realigned to map onto the NHS England regions. Coverage of the whole of England will be delivered through 12 NIHR Regional Research Delivery Networks (RRDN). This is the first component of the arrangements for the new NIHR Regional Research Delivery Networks (RRDNs) confirmed by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
The boundaries will be coterminous with NHS England Regional Office boundaries and those of the Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) operating within the regions, and also with most local authority boundaries. This will provide even more focus on regional collaboration, influence and development with the local NHS and care system, to meet the needs of people within a region, while facilitating joint working with the NHS and ICSs.
The selection process for organisations who will host the regional networks, after the current contracts expire in March 2024, will commence in October 2022. Further details will follow in the coming weeks. The process will be run by the NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre (CRNCC), on behalf of DHSC.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) provides researchers with the practical support they need to make clinical studies happen in both the NHS and the wider health and social care environment.
The CRN supports research being delivered through 30 specialty therapy areas. These provide a network of research expertise and clinical leadership to deliver research studies on the NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) Portfolio of studies. Each specialty is made up of expert clinical leaders and practitioners who work at both national and local levels to ensure that studies are delivered successfully and to promote awareness of research opportunities for participants to take part in. The specialty groups also support the dialogue between the life sciences industry and charities to ensure the pipeline of research studies and to facilitate the involvement of participants to make research more effective.
The Specialties are managed by six cluster offices, which are run by the Heads of Clusters:
Jacqueline Mathews, Cluster A
Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders
Cluster A and B offices have been amalgamated within Imperial College London from 1 April 2022, capitalising on the working relationship that already exists between the two teams. The combined Cluster will be known as Cluster A. As a result of this the Cluster B Specialties have been allocated to new Cluster offices from 1 April 2022.
Julie Solomon, Cluster C
Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management
Trauma and Emergency Care
Health Services Research
Vanessa Poustie, Cluster D
Reproductive Health and Childbirth
Dr Gary Nestor, Cluster E
Ear, Nose and Throat
Dementias and Neurodegeneration
Clare Shaw, Cluster F
Oral and Dental Health