Our Study Support Service helps researchers and the life sciences industry plan, set up and deliver high quality research in the NHS and across the wider health and social care environment, in the West of England area.

We provide this service for all studies potentially eligible for our support, regardless of study type, size, therapy or research area. Whether your study is in public health, social care, medical, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, or bio-tech we can help.

What are the aims of the Study Support Service?

Our Local Clinical Research Network staff in the West of England work closely with the local research teams, R&D Managers and the Research Design Service who are supporting the set-up and delivery of your study. We have links to the 14 other Local Clinical Research Networks and the central Coordinating Centre to provide support for your study nationally and can call on expertise across the networks.

Our service focuses on working together to add value during study planning and set-up activities, which underpins the successful delivery of the studies we support.

What can the Study Support Service offer you?

Our Study Support Service can impact the success of your study in 3 key areas:

Plan your study

Expert advice and guidance to help you plan your research

Get personalised advice and guidance about what support is available, tailored to your specific study needs. You can access this support even before you have secured funding. Engaging early will increase your support options.

We can help you by reviewing the protocol from a research delivery perspective before you submit. Find out more about our Protocol Review Offer.

Accurately identify relevant funders for all resources related to your study activities

Department of Health and Social Care guidance outlines responsibilities for funding the range of research activities. We have specialists and a UK-wide tool to help apply this to your study activities.

Ensure your research is inclusive

Read our INCLUDE guidance on improving inclusion of under-served groups in clinical research.

Find out more about how we can help you plan your study or trial in health or care settings.

Place your study

Identify sites for your study

We can gather expressions of interest to take part in your study from sites across England. You can discuss this with us anytime throughout the life cycle of your study.

Study delivery review

We undertake a study wide assessment to identify and highlight any challenges to study delivery. enabling a proactive approach to study set-up.

Find out more about how we can help you place your study to optimise performance.

Perform your study

Streamline your study set-up

We will use our national network to share a study-wide action plan to ensure multiple sites open as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Keep your research on track

Your allocated performance review lead will work with you to proactively monitor the progress of your study.

Find out more about how we work with you to keep your study on track.


Speak with the Study Support Service Team

Early contact is essential to making the most of our services, the sooner you get in touch the more you will benefit from our expertise and resources.

 If you would like further information, or support with a study, please contact our Study Support Service in the first instance, your query will then be passed to the relevant team. You can also book an appointment with the team using the calendar below.

Please see our FAQ page too.