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The UK Clinical Research Network: delivering research to make patients, and the NHS, better.

It provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments. It helps researchers to set up clinical studies quickly and effectively; supports the life-sciences industry to deliver their research programmes; provides health professionals with research training; and works with patients to ensure their needs are at the very centre of all research activity.

At the heart of the Clinical Research Network’s activities is the NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) Portfolio. This consists of high-quality clinical research studies that are eligible for consideration for support from the Clinical Research Network in England. The Portfolio database captures research activity data and provides analysis tools to facilitate active management of current studies, and the feasibility of future studies run within the Clinical Research Network.

Taking Part in Clinical Trials – how patients can make a difference

>> View a subtitled version of the above film.

This short information video about clinical trials for all types of cancer has been made for the public, patients and carers. The aim is to inform and reassure patients who are considering whether or not to enter a clinical trial – and to encourage people to ask about the availability of a suitable study if they have not been invited to take part in one.

The film was commissioned by CRN: Eastern, in conjunction with the East of England Strategic Clinical Network, and scripted and presented by Simon Rodwell. Alan Stephens, also a patient representative from the Eastern region, was the producer.

Three key areas are covered:

  • what clinical trials are;
  • what is involved for the people taking part in studies, and for their carers; and
  • how people can find out if there is a suitable trial in their region.

There are interviews with cancer patients, who describe their experience of being involved in a trial, and explanations of topics such as staging and randomisation from clinicians and a nurse.

‘The knowledge gained in clinical trials will help people in future, allowing researchers to compare drugs and techniques involving a large number of people and see which treatment is the most effective for a given type of cancer’, the film explains. ‘The treatments for today’s patients and the benefits they bring are available largely thanks to other patients who were willing to take part in clinical studies in years gone by.