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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 four Integrated Care system 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 cover the London boroughs of Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Camden, Islington, Westminster, Tower Hamlets, City of London, Hackney, Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham and Havering, and the Essex local authority areas of Rochford, Castle Point, Basildon, Brentwood, Epping, Harlow and Chelmsford.

We are hosted by Barts Health NHS Trust and work with healthcare providers across the region including 20 NHS trusts, four Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) 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 Integrated Care Systems 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 2023/24 is just over £32 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. 

Our agile workforce

The agile workforce is a team of Clinical Research Practitioners that can support NIHR-adopted Portfolio studies in non-NHS settings. This new initiative aims to support research activities outside of the classic clinical setting. The agile team is here to help with engagement, study set-up and delivery. We want to reach out to our underserved communities and improve care for all.

Please complete this form if you need agile workforce support.

Accessibility statement

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Issue resolution

You can find a copy of our issue resolution policy here

Privacy policy

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