Networks and Organisations
NIHR CRN: National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network
The CRN facilitates us to provide high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS to benefit patients. The NIHR Clinical Research Network is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS. The NIHR Clinical Research Network: West Midlands helps to increase the opportunities for 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 improving the environment for commercial contract clinical research in the NHS in the West Midlands.
HRA: Health Research Authority
"The HRA was established in December 2011 to promote and protect the interests of patients in health research and to streamline the regulation of research. We aim, with partners, to make the UK a great place to do health research, to build confidence and participation in health research, and so improve the nation’s health."
AHSN: Academic Health Science Network
The UK Government has identified Life Sciences and Healthcare as important sectors to generate new economic growth as well as increasing the quality of care for patients within the NHS.
Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) present a unique opportunity to align education, clinical research, informatics, innovation, training and education and healthcare delivery. Their goal is to improve patient and population health outcomes by translating research into practice, and developing and implementing integrated health care services. They will support knowledge exchange networks to build alliances across internal and external networks and actively share best practice, and provide for rapid evaluation and early adoption of new innovations.
HEE: Health Education England
“Health Education England exists to improve the quality of care delivered to patients by focusing on the education, training and development of current and future healthcare staff. With employers and professionals as part of their governing bodies, our LETBs will improve the quality of education and training outcomes to meet the needs of patients, the public and service providers in their areas”.
LETBs: Local Education and Training Boards
“We have 13 Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) that are responsible for the training and education of NHS staff, both clinical and non-clinical, within their area. Our LETB boards, which will be committees of HEE, are made up of representatives from local providers of NHS services and cover the whole of England”.