NIHR Clinical Research Network support extended to non-NHS health and social care settings

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) will be extending support into health and social care research taking place in non-NHS settings.  The Department of Health has agreed an important change to the criteria that describes which clinical research studies can benefit from CRN support; including expert advice and support to plan, set up and deliver research efficiently.

The change will mean the CRN can support research conducted outside of NHS settings, such as care homes or hospices, which will answer important questions for those patient populations. The CRN will also be better able to support public health research e.g 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.

CRN will monitor implementation of this change over 12 months, with phased rollout from 1 January 2018 and make recommendations to  the Department of Health on the impact of delivering CRN support to research in non-NHS settings.

As part of the phased implementation, the CRN will make recommendations about extending support more widely for social care research.

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.

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