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Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester launches

The new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester launched on 1 April 2014.

CRN logoThe Network - one of 15 across England - brings together local hospitals, doctors' surgeries and other healthcare providers from across the region, to collaborate in conducting high quality clinical research studies that could lead to better treatments for NHS patients.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester will be hosted by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and will be led by Professor Martin Gibson, clinical director, and Debbie Vinsun, chief operating officer.

On the launch, Debbie Vinsun, said: "Our new network will help us build on the many past clinical research successes from across Greater Manchester, and by providing more opportunities for patients to consider research alongside their treatment options, we can contribute towards a healthier region."

The NIHR Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester includes people who worked for the six topic networks (cancer, dementias/neurodegenerative diseases/DeNDRoN, diabetes, mental health, medicines for children and stroke) and the comprehensive local research network.

Commenting on the start-up of the NIHR Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester, Dr Jonathan Sheffield, chief executive of the Network at a national level explained:

"The Network has in fact been running for a while, but from April 2014 we started operating in a new structure that will help us reach out to even more healthcare providers and patients, and really make clinical research part of the "day job" for the NHS - which is what it should be."

NIHR Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester will receive around £18m of funding this year to invest in clinical research nurses to match patients with appropriate research opportunities, carry out the clinical duties required for the studies and cover research-related costs such as x-rays and scans.

Having the opportunity to take part in research studies is important to the region's patients and carers. According to a consumer poll carried out by Censuswide last year, 95 per cent of people in the North West, said that NHS doctors and nurses should always tell patients about clinical trials that would be suitable for them.