The NIHR Clinical Research Network is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS. We operate nationally across England through a national coordinating centre and 15 local branches delivering research in the NHS across all disease areas.
In the Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex we work with hospital Trusts (acute, community and mental health) GP surgeries, pharmacies, and other healthcare providers across Kent, Surrey and Sussex to support the setup and timely delivery of commercial and non-commercial studies in the NHS in the region. We provide advice on study feasibility, streamlined NHS permissions and effective patient recruitment. The NIHR CRN: Kent, Surrey and Sussex is hosted by Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
We have offices in Canterbury, Kent and at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, at the University of Brighton in Falmer.
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Find out who we are and how we can help by watching this video about CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Professor Geeta Menon Clinical Director, Dr Mark Hill, Co-Clinical Director and Dr Kate Jones, Chief Operating Officer, provide the clinical and operational leadership of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex network.
Our Clinical Leadership is made up of Clinical Research Specialty Leads and Sub-specialty 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 R&D departments to ensure that recruitment to time and target is attained. This enables early identification of any issues that may arise and enables a swift resolution.
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.
In addition to hospitals and local GP surgeries, we work with other organisations in the area, which include:
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.
The RDS help people preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding programmes in applied health and social care. Find out how both CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex and Research Design Service South East can help you by reading our Statement of Collaboration.
In July 2019 the NIHR announced it was funding £9m to establish an Applied Research Collaboration in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Applied Research Collaboration (ARCKSS) will bring 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.
To find out more read the press release £9m government funding announced for health and social care research to improve patient care in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.