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CRN Greater Manchester

We provide practical support to allow high-quality research to take place in NHS, public health and social care settings across Greater Manchester, East Cheshire and East Lancashire. This is so we can gather evidence that leads to new and better care and treatments for patients and the public.  

In 2020/21, we supported the recruitment of 81,790 participants on to research studies, including 52,400 participants on to Urgent Public Health studies for COVID-19. 

Help us find safe and effective vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for COVID-19

Finding safe and effective vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for COVID-19 is of high priority to the UK - and is part of the global response to the coronavirus. This will help to protect us all more quickly, which in turn could help the NHS and save lives. We have a range of paid and flexible opportunities available for healthcare staff, whether you're currently employed in the NHS, returning to healthcare, or coming out of retirement.

We are also interested in hearing from members of the public who are interested in roles that do not require healthcare registration. We also welcome expressions of interest from those interested in unpaid work.  For all potential roles, you would need to compare your skillset with our list of key duties

Find out more about our opportunities and how you can get involved.

CRN Greater Manchester

We are one of 15 Local Clinical Research Networks in England. Our support allows research to take place in NHS, Public Health and Social Care settings. 

What we do

Here in Greater Manchester, we: 

  • help researchers to set up clinical studies quickly and effectively
  • match patients with potential studies and deliver those studies to time and target
  • hold intelligence about patient populations and care pathways
  • support the life sciences industry to deliver their clinical research programmes
  • provide health professionals with clinical research training
  • work with patients to ensure their needs are at the centre of all we do

Our local partners 

We work with 14 local NHS trusts and 11 local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to support the delivery of clinical research to patients across our region. 

Our trusts are: 

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

East Cheshire NHS Trust

Our CCGs are:

NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

NHS Bolton CCG


NHS Manchester CCG

NHS Oldham CCG

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG

NHS Salford CCG

NHS Stockport CCG

NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG

NHS Trafford CCG

NHS Wigan Borough CCG

Contact us

General enquiries: (e) (t) 0161 701 5600

NIHR Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester
Citylabs 1.0
Nelson Street
Manchester, M13 9NQ

Request study delivery support: We have a team of research nurses, practitioners and administrators to provide temporary support with the delivery of NIHR studies across Greater Manchester. Complete our form to request this support. 

Social media: Follow us on Twitter @NIHRCRN_gman and LinkedIn

Newsletter: Keep up-to-date with our latest news and developments by subscribing to our monthly bulletin. Our latest edition is available to read now. 

Our host

We are hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Our host is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of research throughout our region’s trusts, primary care organisations and other qualified providers.