Each CLRN has identified their areas of strength at a local level where there is the commitment, capability and capacity to support NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio studies. These local groups all feed into the relevant national Specialty Group.
NTW CLRN has 20 locally active Specialty Groups (SGs). Recruitment under other Specialties also occurs in the region but the groups listed here (click for contact details or see “Useful links” below) are those with active membership and regular, organised meetings.
Our SGs are led by prominent local Research Consultants and Clinical Professors who manage the groups and arrange the regional meetings. Collectively the SGs are responsible for more than 60% of the total recruitment in NTW CLRN and all perform highly when compared to national SG performance.
- 90% of our SGs were ranked in the Top 10 for England performance
- 50% were in the Top 5 for England performance.
In addition to the local leads, the CLRN has two National Speciality Group Chairs:
- Genetics – Professor Sir John Burn
- Oral and Dental – Professor Jimmy Steele
For more information on each of the Specialty Groups and the SG Leads, click here or contact Sarah Hill.
Professor Steve Robson gives his perspective on the local and national impact of NIHR CRN investment on the research capacity within the Specialty Groups
This interview with Professor Steve Robson considers the impact of the Specialty Groups both locally and nationally from the perspective of Professor Robson.
Steve is a leading researcher in Reproductive Health and contributed to the National review of SGs in 2011 and 2012. He is also the Clinical Director of NTW CLRN and currently co-Chair of the CRN; North East and North Cumbria Transition Group which is managing the restructure of the NIHR research networks in this region.
NTW CLRN Specialty Group Annual Review 2013/14
In September and October 2013, the NTW CLRN Specialty Group Leads were asked to complete a review of their SG’s performance and give feedback on the support they have received.
The responses from all 20 local SG Leads have been summarised in a report that can be read here (or see link in the section below).
The full performance data provided by the SG Leads has been collated into an Appendix document that can be read here (also see link below).
NTW CLRN thanks all the SG Leads for their assistance and feedback.