What is the Study Support Service?

Our Study Support Service helps researchers and the life sciences industry plan, set up and deliver high quality research to time and target in the NHS and across the wider health and social care environment, in England.

We provide this service for all studies eligible for our support, regardless of location, study type, study size, therapy or research area. Whether your study is medical, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, or bio-tech or is looking at healthy populations or people with social care needs, we can help. Our national structure connects individual research sites to enable a ‘do once and share’ approach to study delivery, which means you benefit from country-wide expertise and experience.

What are the aims of the Study Support Service?

Our Local Clinical Research Network staff work closely with research teams and others who are supporting the delivery of your study at the sites involved in your study. They provide access to best practice study tools and resources that minimise duplication across sites.

Our service focuses on working together to add value during study planning and set-up activities, which underpins the successful delivery of the studies we support.

The team includes staff with expertise in Chief Investigator support, study set up, commercial studies and primary care.

What can the Study Support Service offer you?

We help make it possible for everyone across the region to have access to and participate in health and social research by:

  • Assistance with study set up
  • Costings and finance
  • Feasibility
  • Assistance with expressions of interest
  • Identifying new studies
  • Providing guidance on portfolio adoption
  • Assistance with research governance
  • Setting up participant identification centres
  • Liaising with local Research and Development offices, support departments, pharmacy


Early contact is essential to making the most of our services, the sooner you get in touch at nencstudies@nihr.ac.uk the more you will benefit from our expertise and resources.

Speak to the Study Support Service Team

If you would like further information, or support with a study, please contact our Study Delivery Team email inbox: nencstudies@nihr.ac.uk in the first instance, your query will then be passed to the relevant team.

You can also call the team: 0191 282 3871

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