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CRN East Midlands

The NIHR Clinical Research Network East Midlands supports the delivery of high-quality research in the NHS and social care across the East Midlands region. We are committed to providing the infrastructure that allows research to take place so that patients, carers and the public can benefit from new and better care and treatments. 

About us

We help to increase opportunities for people to take part in health and social care research and ensure that studies are carried out efficiently and to a high standard. Below is a map of the counties covered by CRN East Midlands.  These are:

  • Derbyshire
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Rutland

One of 15 local Networks across England, we are committed to providing the supporting infrastructure that allows research to take place in numerous settings so that patients, carers and the public can benefit from new treatment and therapies, improved diagnosis and care, and empowered to live healthier lifestyles. 

We provide researchers with the practical support they need to ensure that commercial and non-commercial research successfully delivers its aims. For research that meets certain criteria we offer free of charge operational and practical support, including:

  • Advising researchers on how to make their study work effectively
  • Making it easier to set up a study
  • Helping health and social care researchers to identify suitable sites and recruit participants to take part in studies
  • Funding the people and facilities needed to carry out research
  • Access to national and locally designed research-related training

CRN East Midlands is hosted by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and funded by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Our partners

We work with a range of organisations to help increase opportunities for people to take part in cutting edge research and ensure that studies are delivered efficiently. Partners that we work with include:

  • Care homes
  • Hospices
  • Domiciliary care providers
  • Dental practices
  • Local Authorities
  • Community pharmacies
  • Schools 
  • Prisons

NHS Partners


Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Integrated Care System Derbyshire

Leicestershire & Rutland

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust 

Integrated Care System Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland 


East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Integrated Care System Lincolnshire


Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Integrated Care System Northamptonshire


Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Integrated Care System Nottingham and Nottinghamshire 

Social media

You can also find us on social media.

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If you want to keep up-to-date with our latest news and highlights, sign up to receive our latest newsletters and visit our external CRN East Midlands Community website.

Contact us

We have two main offices in the East Midlands:


Knighton Street Outpatients, 1st Floor, Leicester Royal Infirmary, LE1 5WW 


NUH NHS Trust, F11 Curie Court, Queen’s Medical Centre Campus, Derby Road, NG7 2UH

To get in touch with us, please contact Dawn Poole, Network Administrator via email:


Key contacts

Professor Azhar Farooqi OBE is our Clinical Director

Telephone: 0116 478 0892 Email:


Professor David Rowbotham is our Deputy Director

Telephone:  07850821721 Email:


Professor Stephen Ryder is our Deputy Director

Telephone: 07979542460 Email:


Elizabeth Moss is our Chief Operating Officer

Telephone: 07921545537 Email:


Dan Kumar is our Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Telephone: 07960779693  Email:


Michele Eve is our Workforce Development Lead and Wellbeing Lead

Telephone: 07508932865 Email:


Goizeder Aspe Juaristi is our Industry Operations Manager

Telephone: 07713097048 Email:


Natalia Bellot is our Communications and Engagement Lead

Telephone: 07812268230  Email:

To see how we can help you with the delivery of research, find out more about our Study Support Service and get in touch.


Useful documents

We have a number of important policies and procedures that may be of interest to you:

Budget Planning 2024/25

Commercial Contract Research Income Guidance

Issue Resolution Procedure

Process for reporting IG incidents

SOP for the monitoring of partner organisations

Urgent Public Health Research Delivery Plan