Research Networks - Clinical research


RCN sources

RCN Clinical Research Nurses online community

The RCN Research Society recognise the important contribution made by clinical research nurses, and have developed this page of useful resources.

Website: RCN Clinical Research Nurses online community 


UK sources

NIHR Clinical Research Nurses

The National Institute for Health Research have developed this resource to inform, share and celebrate the role of CRN

Website: NIHR Clinical Research Nurses

NIHR ResearchNurses

NIHR have initiated a JISCmail email group called NIHR - ResearchNurses. Membership is open to ALL clinical research nurses, not just those working on a NIHR study.

Website: NIHR ResearchNurses

UK Forum for NHS Trust/Health Board research leads - nursing

The UK Forum has been developed to provide an opportunity for individuals in these roles to meet and share knowledge and experiences and provide peer support.  We also want to explore ways we can influence strategic decision making locally, regionally and nationally on issues relating to the operational management and professional support for research staff. 

Website: UK Forum for NHS Trust/Health Board research leads - nursing

NHS R&D Forum

The NHS R&D Forum is a network for those involved in managing and supporting R&D in health and social care. Our aim is to improve the environment for health research by facilitating and encouraging sharing of best practice, and working with other organisations. Membership of the Forum is free and open to anyone involved in or interested in managing and planning research and development in the NHS.

Website: http://www.rdforum.nhs.uk/

UK Clinical Research Facilities Network

The aim of the UK CRF Network is to identify, develop and share systems for the delivery and management of operational activities across the UK clinical research and experimental medicine infrastructure.

Website: http://www.ukcrfnetwork.co.uk/index.html


England sources

National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN)

Set up in 2006, the NIHR CRN covers the following areas:

  • Cancer
  • Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Medicines for Children
  • Mental Health
  • Stroke
  • Primary Care
  • A Comprehensive Clinical Research Network, which covers all other disease areas 

Website: http://www.crncc.nihr.ac.uk/about_us


Northern Ireland sources

Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network (NICRN)

The NICRN has been established to support the clinical research community in Northern Ireland. The following is a list of areas of interest for the NICRN. However this list is not exhaustive as the NICRN will consider good quality studies from other areas.

  • Cardiovascular
  • Childrens
  • Critical Care
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Primary Care
  • Renal
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Stroke
  • Vision

Website: http://www.nicrn.hscni.net/


Scotland sources

NHS Research Scotland (NRS) Scottish Clinical Research Networks

The Scottish clinical research networks are:

  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Childrens Research
  • Stroke
  • Mental Health
  • Primary Care

Generic support has also been allocated to NHS Scotland to allow participation in research in areas outside these specific topics.

Website: http://www.cso.scot.nhs.uk/nrs/supporting-clinical-research/scottish-clinical-research-networks/

Scottish Research Nurse and Coordinators Network (SRNCN)

The Scottish Research Nurse and Coordinator's Network was established in 2005 to provide a resource for clinical research nurses, co-ordinators, data managers and others working in the field of clinical research.  If you would to join the network or would like further information on the group please visit their website.

Website: www.srncn.scot.nhs.uk/


Wales sources

National Institute for Social Care and Health Research registered research groups (NISCHR RRG)

NISCHR has 17 registered research groups:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Children and Young People
  • Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Emergency & Unscheduled Treatment
  • Epilepsy
  • Kidney
  • Learning disabilities, autism and neurodevelopment disorders
  • Lung
  • Mental Health
  • Microbiology and infection
  • Older people and ageing
  • Patient safety and healthcare quality
  • Primary Care
  • Public health improvement

Website:  http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/page.cfm?orgid=952&pid=52416


International sources

European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network (ECRIN)

The European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network is a European network dedicated to improving the health of patients and citizens across the world through clinical research, in the following areas:

  • Rare diseases
  • Medical devices
  • Nutrition

Website: www.ecrin.org/