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