The Transition Plan has had the green-light from the Department of Health. Implementation work will be led by the Transition Board, which includes all the Network Clinical Directors, plus Jonathan Sheffield and members of the CRN CC Executive Team. Individual streams of work are being led by the Network Assistant Directors.
By April 2014 the NIHR Clinical Research Network will comprise 15 Local Clinical Research Networks, each with a single host organisation. The area host will hold the contractual responsibility for achieving the performance standards set by an integrated CRN Coordinating Centre, and for disseminating funding for research delivery across the area. Hosts will be decided through an NHS competition. The plan is to complete this by autumn 2013, so a shadow structure is in place before "go-live" in April 2014.
The boundaries for each Local Clinical Research Network will align with the boundaries for Academic Health Science Networks – in this area Wessex AHSN. The Local Clinical Research Networks will have close ties with AHSNs, but will remain separate and distinct from them due to their different remits. (The Clinical Research Network has a national responsibility for research delivery; the AHSN has a local responsibility for the dissemination and implementation of innovation).
Local Clinical Research Networks will have a five year contract, with one year operational planning.
As part of the Transition Plan, there will be an assessment of how best to organise clinical "themes", to see where there are natural alignments between the current Topics and Specialty Groups (eg bringing together paediatric medicines and non-medicines). This will see the current Topic CCs and Primary Care CC take on a broader portfolio. Network Clinical Directors, Assistant Directors and Specialty Groups will be involved in formulating a proposal for Department of Health for approval.
The expectation is that the Transition Plan will have minimal impact on the ground. The key differences are that:
- research nurses and data managers may be involved in delivering studies across a broader portfolio - but ones relevant to their skills and experience
- LRN Managers will migrate to Portfolio Manager roles. (Note: dependent on the size of a clinical theme, there may be a number of Portfolio Managers in each Local Clinical Research Network).
The benefits of the new, integrated structure include:
- a clear set of delivery priorities at local level - determined by an integrated CRN coordinating function
- national coverage for key clinical themes
- simplified administrative arrangements for Trusts
- a more flexible workforce to "future-proof" the Network, and enable it to respond to changing healthcare delivery structures and priorities.
It is "business as usual" while the planning work goes on. The key collective priorities are delivering studies to time and target (with a particular emphasis on life-sciences industry studies) and achieving the Prime Minister's research priority for patients with dementia.
Transition Plan update presentation Transition Plan presentation.pptx
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Feedback from Research Nurse, Research Midwife, CTP & AHP Forum 25th May 2012.
88 delegates attended
On the day award for "Best Spoken Presentation" went to Cilla Long
Comments from the day:
It was an interesting programme with an opportunity to network
Really useful day looking into primary and secondary care research challengs. Was a great opportunity to network and share knowledge - I would recommend to all research active nurses and AHPs to attend.
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Review of the event May 2012.pdf
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Review of the event Sept 2011.pdf