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The NIHR Comprehensive Clinical Research Network (CCRN) was created as part of the government’s research and development strategy, Best Research for Best Health to provide a world-class infrastructure for clinical trials in all areas of disease and clinical need within the NHS.

The aims of CCRN are:

  • to ensure that patients and healthcare professionals from all parts of the country and from all areas of healthcare can take part in and benefit from clinical research
  • to improve the quality, speed and coordination of clinical research by removing the barriers to research within the NHS 
    To streamline and performance manage NHS support for clinical studies to ensure that the costs of research are met in a timely and efficient manner
  • to unify and streamline administrative procedures associated with regulation, governance, reporting and approvals
    To strengthen research collaboration with industry and ensure that the NHS can meet the health research needs of industry
  • to further integrate health research and patient care.

In order to achieve these aims, CCRN will:

  • establish and fund an excellent clinical research infrastructure to support a high quality portfolio of clinical research studies and facilitate patient participation into studies
  • provide those NHS Service Support Costs which were previously provided through other NHS R&D funding streams
  • provide and deploy resources for research management in order to ensure that the research portfolio is delivered to the highest standards of research governance. Comprehensive local research networks
  • CCRN consists of a number of Comprehensive Local Research Networks (CLRNs) which are managed locally and will support participation in the national portfolio of UKCRN studies.

There are 25 local networks across England and Homerton is part of the North Thames which is hosted by Barts and the London.