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    Dr Jenny Eachus: Launching the PRINCIPLE study in Primary Care

    14 October 2020

    The PRINCIPLE study is the first clinical trial in UK COVID-19 patients taking place in primary care. As COVID-19 disproportionately affects people aged over 65 years old or over 50 years old with comorbidities, the study aims to test a range of treatments for this population. Dr Jenny Eachus tells us about COVID-19 research at Westbury-on-Trym Primary Care Centre in Bristol, and about their experience of setting up and launching the PRINCIPLE trial during the early days of the pandemic.


    Your path in research: Dr. Nikki Cotterill PhD BSc (Hons) RN

    13 October 2020

    As part of this year’s Your Path in Research campaign, we are sharing some inspiring stories from research staff in the West of England. We spoke with Dr. Nikki Cotterill PhD BSc (Hons) RN to find out more about her research journey and her advice for anyone looking to start a career in research.

    Communications Manager Lewis Deakin

    Spotlight: Communications Manager Lewis Deakin

    25 September 2020

    National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) CRN South London Communications Manager Lewis Deakin talks candidly about how his involvement in research was shaped by his grandparents. He also spoke about his whirlwind year that has seen him move from a Band 4 role into a Band 6 managerial position.


    Samantha Clarke: The RECOVERY trial at North Bristol Trust

    02 July 2020

    The RECOVERY (Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY) trial has announced that the steroid dexamethasone has been identified as the first drug to improve survival rates in certain coronavirus patients. We spoke to Samantha Clarke, Lead Research Nurse at North Bristol Trust, about her experience working on the RECOVERY trial and what this news means to her.

    Natalie Long

    Research practitioner proud to support response to COVID-19

    19 June 2020

    Clinical Research Practitioner Natalie Long works for the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) South London and she is currently helping to deliver the national RECOVERY trial at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH). Here, Natalie speaks about the pride she feels in helping to play her part in the global search for a treatment for COVID-19.


    Research Learning Resources now live

    20 May 2020

    International Clinical Trials day is a celebration of the vital research taking place and the teams who deliver it. We want to take this opportunity to announce the launch of Research Learning Resources, a "Hitchhiker's Guide" to the Clinical Research Network.


    International Nurses Day: My research role during the COVID-19 pandemic - Emma Gendall

    12 May 2020

    Today marks International Nurses Day, and we want to take this opportunity to thank the incredible research nurses working in the West of England for their great work. With the recent focus on COVID-19 research, we spoke with Emma Gendall, Senior Research Nurse – Acute Care at Southmead Hospital to find out how the pandemic has affected her role.


    Shaolin Chidavaenzi: COVID-19 research update

    30 April 2020

    CRN WE has a flexible research delivery workforce known as the WE ReACH (West of England Research fAcilitation in Community and Healthcare Settings) team. The team has been supporting COVID-19 research across the region. We asked Shaolin Chidavaenzi, one of our Clinical Research Practitioners, to update us on what she has been working on this week.


    Mary Anne Fifield: COVID-19 research update

    09 April 2020

    As Heart of Bath Medical Partnership are preparing to contribute to research into the COVID-19 pandemic, we've asked Mary for an update on their preparations. Here’s how her working week developed


    Year of the Nurse and Midwife stories: Mary Anne Fifield

    02 April 2020

    To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, the World Health Organization has dedicated 2020 to nurses and midwives. We want to take this opportunity to thank the incredible nurses and midwives working in the West of England, and shine a light on the great work they do. Mary Anne Fifield has worked as a research nurse at Heart of Bath Medical Partnership for over two years. We spoke with her to find out more about her journey to becoming a research nurse and what inspires her within the career.


    COVID-19: Online courses and webinars

    02 April 2020

    As you will be aware, due to the current circumstances, we are not running face-to-face training at this point in time. A number of online courses and webinars have been developed by the NIHR Coordinating Centre, to help in the delivery of COVID-19 studies and to upskill our clinical colleagues who may be required to help with delivering this research.


    CRN WE Newsletter - Archive

    15 January 2020

    Below you will find an archive of the recent newsletters from The Clinical Research Network (CRN) West of England. Find out more about research in the region, upcoming training and events, funding opportunities and other updates from the CRN.