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.
For all study enquiries and any media enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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.
Canterbury Innovation Centre
PG03, Leggett Building
Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
Daphne Jackson Road,
Room 104, Watson Building
University of Brighton
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 Research Design Service South East (RDS)
Research Design Services (RDSs) support researchers to develop high-quality grant applications for submission to NIHR and other national funding programmes. There are ten RDS services in England. The Research Design Service South East (RDS SE) covers Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS), with advisers based at the Universities of Brighton, Kent and Surrey.
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.
Kent, Surrey, Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN)
We also work with the Kent, Surrey, Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN). KSS AHSN 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.