The NIHR Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex is hosted by Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. We partner with NHS providers across the region. This includes hospital Trusts (acute, community and mental health), GP surgeries, pharmacies and other healthcare providers. We also support social care research and research taking place outside of NHS settings.
Evidence suggests that patients who receive care in research-active institutions have better health outcomes than patients who are treated in a non-research environment, so by joining the research community you are actively helping to drive up the standard of healthcare for your patients. It’s also an opportunity for patients to better understand their health condition and feel like they’re giving something back to the NHS.
Clinical research provides an enhanced career path that is intellectually challenging and highly rewarding. It provides an opportunity to spend more quality-time engaging with patients and the chance to learn new techniques and approaches to treatment.
Whether you work in primary care or a hospital setting, we can support you and your team to make sure you have the resources and funding available to get involved with clinical research and make a difference to patients now and in the future.
We offer a range of services across the research delivery pathway. These services include:
Our AcoRD specialists will help you to identify and attribute costs of your research as part of your funding application to ensure budgetary accuracy; including the early identification of Excess Treatment Costs and NHS Support costs according to Department of Health and Social Care AcoRD guidance.
As part of the new arrangements for the management of Excess Treatment Costs in England we will work with you to complete and validate the new Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Tool (SoECAT) as part of your funding application.
More information about Excess Treatment Costs.
We can use our experience and expertise to identify and engage the right research sites, both locally and nationally, with the right participants for your study, including ENRICH Research Ready Care Homes.
More information about site selection.
We can help arrange access to NHS Service Support once your study is confirmed as eligible for Network support. This includes access to NHS pharmacy, radiology and pathology support. It also includes access to Network-funded research delivery staff (research nurses, data managers etc.) to aid recruitment.
We can help you and your selected sites to performance manage the progress of studies. The data that we collect can help to identify and overcome recruitment barriers.
More information about performance monitoring.
We help the research community gain the necessary skills which underpin research, for example Good Clinical Practice training.
Visit our training and education pages.
Researchers can apply for ISRCTN registration via the Central Portfolio Management System. Non-commercial studies with an interventional component qualify for ISRCTN registration funded by the Department of Health and Social Care in England.
Our Study Support Service is free of charge. It offers a range of practical services including: portfolio eligibility and application advice, study feasibility, set-up, participant recruitment pathways, costings and contract negotiations, help with regulatory approvals and signposting to other sources of support.
The Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex has a dedicated primary care research delivery team. The team provides support in the following ways:
We have a dedicated website for primary care practices across our region. The website is a one stop shop for GPs, practice managers, administrators and others involved in delivering research within primary care. The site has information about which studies people working within primary care can show an interest in running and what support is available from CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The site also holds information about training opportunities and what funding is available.
We provide support to help the Life-sciences industry deliver high quality research in the NHS, giving patients access to new treatments. This support includes a clinical research intelligence service and proactive study performance management to ensure studies are delivered as planned. The engagement with industry means our portfolio of studies is more diverse, clinicians and patients have more opportunities to be involved in clinical trials and commercial research funding benefits the NHS as a whole.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Portfolio of studies consists of clinical research studies that are eligible for support from the NIHR CRN in England.