The NIHR Clinical Research Network

The NIHR Clinical Research Network for the Yorkshire and Humber is one of 15 networks being set up across the country under a new national structure.

It will play a key role in helping more patients across the Yorkshire and Humber take part in research studies that contribute towards improving treatments by encouraging more research in all clinical therapy areas such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, dementia and mental health.

The aims of the Network are to:

  • Ensure patients and healthcare professionals are able to participate in and benefit from clinical research
  • Integrate health research and patient care
  • Improve the quality, speed and coordination of clinical research
  • Increase collaboration with industry partners and ensure that the NHS can meet the health research needs of industry.

The Network is due to begin its work on 1 April 2014.

Hosted by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Network will be led by Dr Caroline Pickstone, a clinical leader and researcher with a wealth of expertise in management and leadership roles within the NHS, including as senior manager of the South Yorkshire Comprehensive Clinical Research Network.

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