Getting your patients into a research study is part of providing good clinical care. A research trial may not only provide a new means of treatment for your patient, it will contribute to improving the overall standards of care that we can offer patients all over the country. On this page, clinicians can find out how to get a patient into a study, or what to do if they have a research idea to explore.
How to get your patient into a research study
- Speak to your Trust R&D Team - You may not have met your trust R&D team members, but rest assured that each and every trust in CRN North Thames is research active and ready to talk to you about current and upcoming studies. The R&D team may be the closest port of call to tell you whether or not there were any studies going on in your hospital trust, that would suit your patients condition. If they are not running a study they may know of an available study being run in other trusts in the country. Find your R&D team lead via your intranet or team directory
- Search for a study in your specialty area using our open data platform - the publicly available open data platform will allow you to search and see if there's a study that may be suitable for your patient anywhere in the country. The tool is currently in use for non-commercial studies only.
- Email the NIHR CRN NT Division – Around 30 specialty health areas are managed across 6 divisions in CRN NT. From the organogram you can know the specialty lead area, and which division to contact.
Do you have a research idea you would like to explore?
There are many benefits to getting involved and supporting clinical research.
- Is there an existing trial that you'd like to open at your site? Find a trial in the open data platform, and contact your R&D department who will help with infrastructure and set up
- Do you have an idea for a research study? Your trust R&D department will be able to put you in contact with all the right people and services required at study idea phase, including research design, study support, and study set up. For example, the Research Design Service (RDS) supports researchers to develop and design high quality research proposals for submission to NIHR funding programmes and other open, national, peer reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.
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