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CRN North Thames

Clinical Research Network North Thames supports the delivery of high-quality health and social care research across parts of London, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Working with our 22 NHS trust and 19 Clinical Commissioning Group partners, we cover a patient population of about six million people.



What we do

We are one of 15 Clinical Research Networks (CRNs) in England, delivering research to make patients, and the NHS, better. We are passionate about the contribution that clinical research can make to patient care, and work collaboratively with our partners to translate that passion into the effective delivery of clinical research studies in the North Thames area.

CRN North Thames supports research delivery by:

  • Helping to increase the opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research across 30 health specialties
  • Providing professional support services for the effective delivery of health research by our partner organisations
  • Improving the environment for commercial contract clinical research in the NHS within North Thames. 

Where we work

Our Network serves north-east and north-central London, south and west Hertfordshire, south Bedfordshire and south-west and mid-Essex.
We are hosted by Barts Health NHS Trust and work with healthcare providers across the region including 21 NHS trusts, 13 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and more than 850 GP practices. We also work with social care organisations, including local councils, to deliver research in the community.

See a list of the NHS trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups we work with.

Who we are

Our core network team is based on Tottenham Court Road in central London. The team support the delivery of research studies on the CRN North Thames portfolio, provides a study support service for both commercial and non-commercial studies and provides a costings and contracts service for the network. They also help sites stay on top of their study performance to deliver on time and meet their recruitment target.

How we are funded

We are funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. Our annual budget for 2021/22 is just over £30 million.

There's more information on our funding model 

Contact us

Our teams are on hand to help.  Please visit our contacts page for help with any of your research-related queries.  

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