Our Study Support Service helps researchers set up and deliver high quality research to time and target in both the NHS and the wider health and social care environment across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

If you require advice and guidance on set up and delivery of clinical research in the NHS, at an early stage, or further down the pathway; need help with site identification or help with performance review, contact our Study Support Service team.

Our Service

Your Study Support Service in Kent, Surrey and Sussex is provided by a team of core Clinical Research Network staff, divided into three work streams:
i. Early contact and engagement
ii. Settings and set-up
iii. Delivery

All three work streams work as one team and we will smoothly transition your project through the work streams as necessary delivering a seamless service to our customers. 

Each work stream is responsible for supporting the relevant phase of the research process, across all specialties and settings. We welcome contact from anyone working on a research study at any stage, including those who are at the idea stage.

We will provide support and advice to help you with:

  • your grant application
  • adoption to the NIHR portfolio
  • identify the best settings in which to identify and recruit participants
  • undertake feasibility assessments
  • help you identify sites
  • liaise with other regions of the country in which you’d like to run your study
  • help performance manage your study to enable it to recruit your target number of participants within your time frames.

We support commercial and non-commercial research, CTIMPs and non-CTIMPs, and cover the full spectrum of research settings, including Primary Care, Public Health, Social Care and a range of Any Qualified Providers.

In addition, we have specialty specific support from Research Delivery Managers and our Clinical Leadership team. Our Clinical Leadership is a group of Clinical Specialty Research Leads and sub-specialty Leads who promote our research portfolio and opportunities through collaborative working across our partner organisations.

Research Delivery Team 

Our Research Delivery Team of nurses, practitioners and administrators focuses on supporting health and care research outside of the hospital setting as most health and care activity happens outside hospitals.  Contact the Research Delivery Team via the email listed below to request their support.


Contact us 

Email CRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex Study Support Service on crnkss.studysupport@nihr.ac.uk

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