Overview of Specialty Groups
The purpose of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical research network is to ensure that all NHS patients in the UK have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from research. To achieve this, NIHR aims to firmly embed clinical research right at the very heart of the NHS by developing an infrastructure within the health service to support high quality research.
As part of this ambitious program, within the NIHR Comprehensive Clinical Research Network (CCRN) there are National Specialty Groups, whose membership provides a wide range of expertise to support the setting up of clinical trials across 26 specialty areas.
Activities of these National Specialty Groups that can be funded by the NIHR CCRN include:
- Provision of early advice on whether a potential study (both commercial and non-commercial) will be supported by the clinical community and “do-able” within the NHS (e.g. available resources such as MRI, acceptability of the control regimen, compatibility with UK clinical practice).
- Provision of more detailed feasibility in relation to acceptability to patients, potential numbers of investigators and number of potential patients in each site.
- Provision of members and input to adoption committees, both for commercial trials and non-commercial trials which are not automatically eligible for the Portfolio.
- Advise the NIHR CRN CC on all topic aspects of the CCRN Portfolio.
- Provision of input into topic specific training within the NIHR CRN’s national Training & Education programme.
- Provision of oversight of the NIHR CCRN portfolio of research (for example, to prevent duplication of effort within the topic and competing trials for insufficient patients).
Each of the 25 Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) have identified their research priority areas determined by the presence of active or proposed clinical investigators of all professions with the commitment, capability and interest in an area of clinical research and the availability of all the necessary clinical resources.These investigators are invited to participate in Specialty-associated Research Networks – Local Priority Groups led by a Clinician, Nurse Specialist or Academic with appropriate clinical and research backgrounds.
CLRN Portfolio Manager is Dr Ian Akers.
Telephone: 01634 350428.
CLRN Specialty Groups Administrator is Susan Shotton.
Telephone: 01634 350411.
Kent & Medway Local Priority Groups
The aim of the local Priority Groups is to promote growth and support NIHR portfolio research activity in Kent and Medway e.g. unmet capacity and capability, and matching these with opportunities for joining multicentre studies. Broadly, by providing expert input to the identification of, and development of, NIHR Portfolio research locally in the given specialty interest area.
List of Contact details of Local Priority Groups Leads for Kent & Medway