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CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex

NIHR Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex provides funding for health and care research projects across the region. Our goal is to promote high quality research opportunities for patients in health and social care settings. The research we support is carried out in NHS Trusts across the region, as well as in universities, schools, care homes, and local government organisations.

Who we are

As the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network (CRN) we work closely with NHS Trusts and other healthcare and social care providers across Kent, Surrey and Sussex to support the setup and timely delivery of commercial and non-commercial research studies.

The wider NIHR organisation is dedicated to providing support to researchers at every stage of their study - from design through to delivery.

Our job is to support the delivery of research. This means providing the researcher with the support they need throughout the delivery phase of the study. This includes:

  • Providing training in various aspects of research delivery
  • Facilitating a region-wide network of research practitioners, who can share knowledge and experience
  • Support with participant recruitment

It is also the role of the CRN to promote opportunities for people to participate in and be involved in research.



Professor Geeta Menon Clinical Director and Dr Mark Hill, Co-Clinical Director provide the clinical and operational leadership of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex network.

Our Chief Operating Officer is Dr Joanne Zamani, and our Deputy Chief Operating Officer is Julia Simister.

The CRN KSS clinical leadership consists of a team of Specialty Research Leads and Sub-specialty Research Leads, who promote our research portfolio development through collaborative working across our partner organisations.

Our Research Delivery Managers work closely with the research teams and Research and Development (R&D) departments to ensure that recruitment targets are achieved.


Contact us

For all study enquiries and any media enquiries please email . 

Follow us on Twitter @NIHRCRN_kss

How we are funded

We are funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. Read our Funding Model for 2023/24

Our offices

The CRN KSS is hosted by Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, and has offices at The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, The University of Brighton, Sussex, and Canterbury Innovation Centre in Kent.  

Postal Addresses  


Unit 58
Canterbury Innovation Centre
University Road


PG03, Leggett Building
Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
Daphne Jackson Road,
Guildford, Surrey


Room 104, Watson Building
University of Brighton
East Sussex


Our partners

We work with NHS and non-NHS organisations to deliver health and social care research.

NHS Trusts in our region 

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust 
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust 
Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust 
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Medway NHS Foundation Trust
Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

We also work with non-NHS organisations including Medway Community Healthcare, an award winning social enterprise and community interest company who offer their patients chances to take part in research.

Integrated Care Systems in our region

Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) are partnerships of NHS bodies and local authorities, working with other relevant local organisations, that come together to plan and deliver joined up health and care services to improve the lives of people in their area. We work with all of the ICSs in our region:
Frimley Health and Care
Kent and Medway ICS
Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership
Sussex Health and Care Partnership

NIHR in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

We work closely with other NIHR organisations based in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex

The Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) brings together NHS Trusts, local authorities, universities, communities and other partners to support the development of innovative research to improve health and social care for patients and families in the south east. Visit their website for more information. 

Health Innovation Kent Surrey Sussex

We also work with the Health Innovation Kent Surrey Sussex (was Kent, Surrey, Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN). Health Innovation Kent, Surrey and Sussex is a membership organisation working for NHS, higher education, local government and industry organisations in Kent, Surrey and Sussex to spread innovation, improve health and generate economic growth.