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We are one of 15 Clinical Research Networks (CRN) delivering health and social care research across England. We are passionate about the contribution that research can make, and work collaboratively with our partner organisations to translate that passion into the effective delivery of research studies across the Wessex region, which covers Dorset, Hampshire, South Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight. 


COVID-19 vaccine research in Wessex

Finding multiple safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 is part of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, helping to ensure we can protect everyone from the disease. Across the Wessex region, researchers, healthcare professionals and support staff are helping us to deliver vital COVID-19 vaccine studies. Find out more about our work and the opportunities to get involved

About us

Our Network serves Dorset, Hampshire, South Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight. We make sure that research occupies the place it deserves in the day-to-day work of health and social care organisations across the region. We support research delivery by:

In 2020/21, we recruited more than 93,000 participants to just under 500 studies. Participation levels were more than double that of 2019/20, rising by over 56,000 to help Wessex surpass a key milestone of recruiting more than 500,000 participants to NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN)-supported research studies since 2008. Find out more about our 2020/21 performance

We are part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research partner of the NHS, public health and social care. We are hosted by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Contact us

We're on hand to help with all your research related queries. Please contact us using the details below. To speak to a specific member of the team, please visit our contacts page for additional details. 

Telephone: 01489 771110


Postal address: Clinical Research Network Wessex, Unit 7 Berrywood Business Village, Tollbar Way, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 2UN  

Twitter: @NIHRCRNWessex

Media enquiries 

We welcome enquiries from all media and will make every effort to answer questions promptly. The CRN Wessex communications team should be the first point of contact for all media enquiries and interviews requests. The team can be contacted using the details below:

Telephone: 01489 771027


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