The National Health Service (NHS) is proud to have the most integrated clinical research system in the world which enables research to be driven from bench to bedside, for the benefit of patients, the public and our health economy.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Clinical Research Networks (CRN), which are part of the NIHR, form the research ‘delivery arm’ of the NHS.
The Clinical Research Network in the North West Coast (CRN NWC) is a ‘network’ that comprises of 41 NHS partners consisting of 22 NHS Trusts and 19 Clinical Commissioning Groups. The region stretches across 4 counties from South Cheshire to South Cumbria and is hosted by the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The CRN NWC has several key objectives including the funding of research support posts in the NHS, and the provision of training so that researchers have access to experienced ‘front-line’ staff, who can carry out the additional practical activities required by their study such as obtaining patient consent and collecting clinical data. The CRN NWC also provides practical help in identifying and recruiting patients into studies so that researchers can be confident of completing the study on time, and on recruitment target.
The CRN NWC also runs several patient engagement projects which help to make clinical trials become more patient centred and focused.
This month sees the launch of the Patient Research Experience Survey (PRES). The survey is aimed at all patients and members of the public who have undertaken research in the North West Coast region. The results will be made available next year and will help the CRN NWC deliver a more patient focused research programme.
Or you can request a paper copy from the PRES project manager Greg Woodley by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Patients and the public are at the heart of the work done by the CRN NWC, it means research is more robust, translates easier and has a greater impact on the health of people living in the North West Coast region.
Earlier this year the CRN NWC and it’s NHS Partners helped to launch a campaign called 'I am Research.' A campaign designed to raise the awareness of NHS research taking place across the country.
Harley, pictured, is part of the research programme that takes place at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. His research experience has been a very positive one and thanks to patients like Harley the campaign was able to reach over 1.5 million people through social media, and in Liverpool City Region a series of Radio Merseyside broadcasts helped reach further 600,000 listeners.
The campaign message to “get involved and be part of the solution” is being heard loud and clear.
As a result of the campaign many patients and members of the public have been inspired enough to become a Patient Research Ambassador. A role championed by the NIHR on a national level, whereby patients help to drive research that is taking place in their own local area. If you would like to know more about the Patient Research Ambassador programme that is run by the NIHR then please contact Greg Woodley Communications and Engagement Manager for the CRN NWC on 07775 027 576
This year the CRN NWC recruited 29,685 patients and members of the public into clinical trials and each year over half a million people take part in NHS funded research. Thank you to all those in the NHS and members of the public who have been involved in clinical research taking place on the North West Coast and for being ‘part of the solution.’
If you would like to find out about healthcare research of interest to you in your area please visit www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk