CMFT appointed as the local branch of the NIHR Clinical Research Network
Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of just 15 NHS
Trusts/Foundation Trusts in England to be appointed to run a
local branch of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Clinical Research Network, it was announced today.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network is the clinical research
delivery arm of the NHS. It provides funding to hospitals and
surgeries to pay for research nurses, scans, x-rays and other costs
associated with carrying out clinical research in the NHS.
The Network helps to increase the opportunities for Greater
Manchester's patients to take part in clinical research, ensures
that studies are carried out efficiently, and supports the
Government's Strategy for UK Life Sciences by helping companies to
carry out vital clinical research into potential life-saving new
treatments and improved ways to diagnose illnesses in the NHS.
Since April, the NIHR Clinical Research Network has been
carrying out a rigorous selection process to identify the NHS
Trusts/Foundation Trusts to run its 15 local branches across
England. The process was open to all NHS Trusts and
Foundation Trusts in the region.
As the chosen Trust for the Greater Manchester area, CMFT will
be awarded a five year contract from the Department of Health
through the NIHR, and will take responsibility for distributing
£19million of funding per year, to support clinical research across
the whole area.
Commenting on the appointment, Bob Pearson, Medical Director at
the Trust said: "At CMFT we are delighted to have been chosen as
one of the 15 trusts nationally to host the local networks set up
by the NIHR to support research across Greater Manchester.
Bringing all the local research networks under one banner will
allow patients to benefit from greater involvement and provide
opportunities to get involved in research trials."
Dr Daniel Poulter, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for
Health said: "These changes will give patients around the country
better access to clinical research. That means new treatments will
be developed faster and available for patients earlier.
"The UK's position as a world leader in the field of research is
something we are rightly proud of. The networks provide a platform
for exciting studies to take place and build on that
The Chair of the selection panel, Dr Jonathan Sheffield, Chief
Executive of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, said:
"The host organisations are our local administrative branches -
but they are so much more than that. They will help to set
the level of ambition for clinical research delivery locally, and
assist us in making sure that clinical research occupies the place
it deserves in the day-to-day work of the NHS. We were extremely
impressed with the commitment shown by Central Manchester
University Hospitals during the selection process, and I
very much look forward to working with them to increase the
opportunities for patients to participate in research, and develop
the treatments of the future."
Clinical research provides evidence about "what works" and on
how the NHS can best use its resources to provide better treatments
for NHS patients across all areas of medicine. The promotion,
conduct and use of clinical research is included in the NHS
Constitution, which pledges that patients will be informed of
research studies in which they may be eligible to participate.
Last year, more than 630,000 patients took part in clinical
research studies supported by the NIHR Clinical Research
NIHR Clinical Research Network
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NOTES TO EDITORS
About the NIHR
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by
the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the
nation through research. Since its establishment in April 2006, the
NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the
volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and
the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries
into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed
and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied
health research. The NIHR plays a key role in the Government's
strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the
life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for
health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of
excellence and systems represent the most integrated health
research system in the world. For further information, visit the
NIHR website (www.nihr.ac.uk).
About the NIHR Clinical Research Network
The NIHR Clinical Research Network is the part of the NIHR that
delivers clinical research studies in the NHS in England.
Further information at: www.crncc.nihr.ac.uk
The local branch area
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has
been appointed to run the local branch of the NIHR Clinical
Research Network for the Greater Manchester area.
The area has the same boundary at the Academic Health Science
Network for Manchester.
Further information about the area is available at: