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CRN West of England

The CRN West of England, hosted at University Hospitals Bristol, facilitates research in NHS, Public Health and social care settings, supporting portfolio studies in 31 specialties in sites such as universities, schools, care homes, hospices, prisons and clinical settings.


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We are funded by the Department of Health and Social Care to facilitate the delivery of research studies, by supporting our partner organisations in the West of England.

Our partner organisations comprise NHS trusts, primary care, public health and social care.

We work together to ensure that research studies that are included on the NIHR Portfolio are set up quickly and are delivered to time and to target.

We facilitate both commercial and non-commercial research. We help locally hosted studies to secure sites across the country and we also help to attract studies to the West of England.

What area does the West of England cover?

Our area comprises the City of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), Swindon, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and part of Wiltshire.

In our area we work with seven Trusts:

We work in approximately 100 primary care settings, both single sites and collaborations, across three CCGs.

  • Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire
  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
  • Gloucestershire

What support can the CRN offer?

If a study is on the Portfolio, we can offer:

  • support for a study from the outset via the Study Support Service
  • funding for study support as appropriate, to ensure good quality research opportunities for people in the West of England
  • training for staff (for example Good Clinical Practice, Informed Consent and the Principal Investigator Masterclass)
  • specialist advice from research and specialty experts.
  • the sharing of effective research strategies locally, nationwide and across specialties.

We also have a peripatetic team, comprising Research Nurses and Clinical Research Practitioners (CRPs), who are trained to offer support with the delivery of studies (depending on availability) in a wide range of settings such as hospices, schools and care homes. 

Our promotional work increases opportunities for the public to take part in clinical research and seeks to embed research as a standard component of care, for patients and carers, healthcare professionals and NHS decision makers.

What is the Portfolio?

The Portfolio is the collection of studies that qualify for CRN support. To receive CRN support, your study must be on the Portfolio and to be on the Portfolio, your study must be eligible for inclusion.

How can I find out if a study is eligible?

Please email in the first instance and our team will get back to you.

How do I contact you?

You can contact us by email. We aim to respond to all messages within 48 hours:

General enquiries -

Study Support Service -

You can also phone our main office on 0117 342 1375 from Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.