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South London facilitator keen to spread the word about the Study Support Service

A course facilitator is keen to spread the word about the work of CRN South London’s Study Support Service.

The NIHR’s Study Support Service helps researchers and the life sciences industry plan, set up and deliver high quality research to time and target in both the NHS and the wider health and social care environment, across England.

Introductory training sessions are being held to explain the work of the Study Support Service team to researchers, research and development teams within NHS trusts and other colleagues working on clinical trials in south London.

CRN South London’s Acting Joint Study Support Service Lead, Christopher Ward, who delivers the training, said: “Our introductory training courses are aimed at raising awareness about the work of the Study Support Service. We want to tell as many people as possible about how they can utilise our service to support the delivery of high quality health and social care research across south London. My message to anyone who wants to attend one of these sessions is get in touch.”

Study Support Service support is provided free of charge for all studies which are eligible, or potentially eligible, for NIHR CRN portfolio support, regardless of location, study type, study size, therapy or research area. Whether your study is medical, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, bio-tech or is looking at healthy populations of people with social care needs.

King’s College London’s Research and Development Governance Facilitator, Tereza Cepelkova, who attended one of the sessions, said: “I definitely understand more about NIHR infrastructure and the support that is available as a result of this training. The session was really informative and it underlined just how important CRN South London is to the effective delivery of vital health and social care research in our region. I will be working even more closely with the Network’s Study Support Service team on the delivery of NIHR-supported studies in the future.”

The training sessions are only set up on Microsoft Teams, for up to one hour, once sufficient expressions of interest have been submitted, so if you would like to attend a session, or to arrange one for your team, please email You can find out more about the role of the Study Support Service on the NIHR’s website.