As the Clinical Research Network we are the dedicated hub for advancing healthcare across Health, Social and Primary Care environments. Fulfilling a vital role within the wider UK Clinical Research Networks, we enable delivery of clinical trials and other high quality research within the healthcare environment.
The NI Clinical Research Network was established in 2008 under the UK government’s health research strategy: Best Research for Best Health with the aim to, “Create a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.”
The NI Clinical Research Network acts as the dedicated regional hub for advancing healthcare via clinical trials and other high quality research across the NI health and social care (HSC) environment including primary care.
We act as the central coordinating hub offering effective access to well-managed, multi-disciplinary research teams embedded in HSC. We account for over 30% of the research budget in NI with an annual investment of approx. £3.2 million and we work closely with research partners across HSC Trusts, academia, charities, patients, the public and commercial sponsors.