I am delighted to be supporting the Clinical Research Hub. I can think of few better strategic interventions that will help advance the R&D agenda in Lancashire and Cumbria. While the Faculty is relatively new there has been a long history of productive collaborations between academics at Lancaster University and research-minded clinicians. These collaborations have led to high quality, high impact outputs (publications) but they have also helped establish some early careers that are growing the next generation of academics and clinical researchers. Despite current funding pressures for higher education we have been able to use resources from the Higher Education Innovation Fund to support the Hub. This, coupled with the excellent work being done in the CLRN and with the matching footprints of the Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC) and the Research Design Service (RDS), means that the infrastructure is in place for a strong platform to advance the delivery of healthcare in this part of the North West. We appreciate the excellent support we have had from many partners and hope to be laying the foundation for further productive partnerships that benefit the health economy and all its constituents
Professor Tony Gattrell
Dean, Faculty of Health & Medicine
The Hub was established in 2010 to enable increased NHS / University collaborative research in health and medicine across Lancashire and Cumbria. By bringing together service perspectives, professional interests and facilities within the partner NHS Trusts and the internationally-renowned research expertise in health, medicine and related fields in Lancaster University, the Hub will support the growth of high-quality, locally-led clinical research to underpin improved healthcare.
The Hub operates on a strategic basis, involving close liaison and co-ordination between the Associate Director of Clinical Research at Lancaster University (Dr Sally Spencer) and the R&D Directors and Managers in the partner NHS Trusts. The Hub also works closely with other key organisations - including the NIHR Cumbria & Lancashire CLRN, the NW Research Design Service and the Cumbria & Lancashire HIEC - to enable integration and full utilisation of all locally-available skills and expertise as appropriate.
The Newsletter will be produced twice yearly. It will provide information about the Hub's activities and events, and also about staff, facilities and achievements within each of the partner organisations.
I am sure you will agree that the Hub is a very exciting initiative, and that it has the potential to make a major contribution to the growing national profile of Lancashire and Cumbria as a rapidly-emerging centre for high-quality research in health and medicine.
Professor John Goodacre
Faculty of Health & Medicine