The original collaborative bid for the South West Stroke Research Network was put forward by a consortium of NHS acute and primary care Trusts and academic partners in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, led by Dr. Martin James (Consultant Stroke Physician) and was successful in April 2006.
Dr. Martin James is Clinical Lead for the Network and Jacqueline Briggs was appointed as Research Network Manager at the beginning of October 2006. The Network is hosted by the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.
Since set up in 2006, the Network has been established and resources shared across the region to support the achievement of both national and local aims. We have also been able to broaden the area we cover in partnership with the Comprehensive Research Networks and the Stroke Clinical Networks, to offer support for stroke research across the South West.
Improving the care of people with stroke and their carers
- Improving the co-ordination of research
- Improving the speed of research
- Maintaining and enhancing the quality of research
- Improving the integration of research
- Widening participation in research
Locally we also plan to focus on:
- Increasing recruitment into research studies
- Broadening the base for research
- Developing research active clinicians
- Fostering collaboration
- Bridging the gap from bench to bedside
How do we fit nationally?
The South West Stroke Research Network (SWSRN) is part of the national Stroke Research Network (SRN), which comes under the umbrella of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
The role of networks is to increase participation in research studies of people who have had a stroke, or are at risk of a stroke, as well as involving them and their carers in network activities. They also support the set up and running of research studies within the SRN portfolio in sites in their network and development of their local research workforce.