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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 2022/23, we supported the recruitment of over 51,000 participants on to research studies. 

Our Future Planning brochure sets out our local plans for 2022/23 and beyond.  You can also download PDF version of our Future Planning brochure (19MB)

About us

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 local NHS trusts and a range of other care organisations to support the delivery of clinical research to participants across our region. 

Our trusts are: 

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals 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

Research in care homes 

Our ENRICH network brings together care home staff, residents and their families, with researchers. It provides a toolkit of resources to help care homes make the most of research and researchers to set up and run studies effectively and collaboratively in care homes. Find your local ENRICH contact.

Local care organisaitons: 

We work with local care organisations in all of our communities across Greater Manchester, East Cheshire and East Lancashire. This includes:

Community mental health / Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Voluntary sector
Community Hospitals
Residential care, social care and domiciliary care
Health visitors / schools
GP practices / federations / networks
Urgent treatment centres
Community nurses
NHS hospice care
Urgent care at home teams
Community based clinics
Other independent contractors e.g. pharmacy
Specialist community based clinics. e.g. sexual health / drug / alcohol
Local authorities

Contact us

General enquiries: email:

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 the support of our delivery team

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. The latest edition of our newsletter 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.