Working with Networks
The Hub works closely with several networks, including:
The NIHR Clinical Research Network provides infrastructure that allows high quality clinical research to take place in the NHS. 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 centre of research activity. The Hub has worked closely with the North West Coast Clinical Research Network (NWC CRN).
AHSNs are NHS-led Networks with the purpose of accelerating the pace of innovation within the NHS, ie. the application of proven health technologies and interventions. AHSNs generally include Clinical Commissioning Groups, providers of primary, community, secondary and tertiary NHS services, universities, industrial and other organisations and partners within their ‘footprint’. The Hub is part of the North West Coast AHSN (NWC AHSN), which covers Merseyside, South Cumbria, and most of Cheshire and Lancashire. It also works with the other 14 national AHSNs.
Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) provides advice on research design to researchers in the North West who are developing proposals for national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research.
The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) is a new partnership established by the leading Universities and NHS Hospital Trusts in the North of England to improve the health and wealth of the region by creating an internationally recognised life science and healthcare system.