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04.09.13

NIHR local branches appointed

15 trusts have been appointed as local branches of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Department of Health has announced.

The trusts will share £280m funding from April 2014 as part of a programme to simplify NIHR administration arrangements while strengthening the infrastructure for carrying out clinical studies.

The five year contracts will support delivery of clinical research studies across the country.

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 on their patch, and assist us in making sure that clinical research occupies the place it deserves in the day-to-day work of the NHS across the country.

“Through the host selection process, we set out to identify Trusts and Foundation Trusts that were passionate about the contribution that clinical research can make to patient care, and that would work collaboratively with other NHS providers to translate that passion into the effective delivery of studies across the whole area. The 15 host organisations announced today are truly outstanding in their commitment to clinical research, and I very much look forward to working with them as we take our remit forward.”

The appointed trusts are: Barts Health NHS Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: North Thames); Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester); Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: South London); Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: North West London); Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS; Foundation Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: Eastern); Oxford University; Hospitals NHS Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: Thames Valley and South Midlands); Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: South West Peninsula); Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: North West Coast); Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: Kent, Surrey and Sussex); Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: Yorkshire and Humber); The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: North East and North Cumbria).

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: West Midlands)

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: Wessex)

University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: West of England)

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (host for the Clinical Research Network: East Midlands)

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