Key publications and papers
Here you will find copies of key publications and papers including Annual Reports, Annual Plans and Impact Reports.
Financial Management Assurance
The Clinical Research Network, North West Coast (CRN NWC) set out plans each financial year for it's proposed funding allocation model to NHS Partner Organisations. These financial models and partner allocations are subject to annual review and plans are ratified by the Network's Partnership Group. Funding is allocated to Partner Organisations in accordance with DH AcoRD guidance to enable the delivery of clinical research across the NHS including primary care and public health sites. CRN NWC provide further guidance to POs across the region to ensure the correct use of and reporting of CRN NWC NHS support allocations.
 AcoRD = Attributing revenue costs of externally funded non-commercial research in the NHS guidance published by Department of Health in 2005 (last updated 17th June 2015).
Partner Organisation Funding Model
NHS research support funding allocations to Trusts in the CRN NWC are based on (but not limited too) a number of factors as follows:
- Availability of funding received from DH/NIHR CRN CC
- Current & planned local NIHR portfolio research awarded to sites in the region
- Advice from Specialty Research Group Leads and local NIHR Clinical Research Leads/Chief Investigators/Faculty Members
- Information gathered from NHS Trust R&D offices and completion of Business Planning Reports to the CRN NWC
- Advice / communications from other stakeholders across NIHR (National Guidance from DH via NIHR CRN CC, National and regional Clinical Trials Units, Research Design Service).
- NHS service support funding is provided by the NIHR Clinical Research Networks, to meet the NHS service support elements of undertaking NIHR research in the NHS.
- NHS service support funding is not provided to meet the research costs of supporting research which should be met by the relevant grant, nor is it intended to provide funding to support research where this has already been provided by other funding streams (commercial research/non-portfolio research).
- The Department of Health (DH) applies funding to the networks through a nationally agreed model, which in part supports activity (recruitment numbers). However, this is not a ‘pass through’ model.
- Allocation of NHS support funding, is managed by local NIHR networks in line with guidance (AcoRD) from DH.
- The clinical and non-clinical element of the budget is proposed for 2019/20 after a thorough review of NIHR research portfolio activity across the region. This review has considered in part value for money; research delivery track record and future pipeline of research planned; impact by specialty for each site and review of activity against current funded NHS support workforce. This analysis has allowed for identification of areas of strength and underperformance along with areas for future growth.
- As in previous years as agreed by the networks clinical leadership representatives, the percentage of the CRN NWC budget allocated to Key Service Support (KSS) will be fixed according to national averages at 10% of the total CRN NWC allocation. The KSS budget for each Trust will then be divided in-line with the proportion of delivery staff allocated to each site in the coming year.
- Radiotherapy Trials Quality Assurance (RTTQA) will be calculated using the national tariffs within an envelope of 1% of the total CRN: NWC allocation.
- Study Support Service (SSS): This funding element has now replaced the previous RM&G allocation and is part of a national allocation. The proportion of SSS funding across sites will be 3% of the total CRN NWC allocation. This will be distributed to sites across NWC, adjusted to take into account the impact of the Health Research Authority (HRA) changes and the requirements of national NIHR SSS (all CRN’s locally are required to support SSS. A proportion of the SSS budget will be retained by the CRN central support team to deliver ‘Assess, Arrange and Confirm’ (HRA requirements) for Primary Care across the region (20 CCGs with over 150 GP practices participating in research). This funding also facilitates the study start-up aspects of the SSS service as required nationally where CRN NWC is the lead CRN.
- In 2019/20 there will be no ‘cap’ (+/-) on allocations applied to the distribution of funding to sites. Indicative allocations to sites will be developed prior to business planning meetings. Sites will then be given the opportunity to discuss and recommend adjustments across specialties and KSS allocations as required within the total ‘indicative’ envelope of funding.
The Clinical Research Network: North West Coast Performance Operating Framework (POF) can be found here.
Our 2017/18 Impact Report can be viewed using this link: 2017 Impact Report Our 2018 Impact report will appear on this page in July 2018
CRN North West Coast - Annual Plan 2016/17
CRN North West Coast - Annual Report 2015/16
CRN North West Coast - Communications & Engagement Strategy 2016-19