Lancaster Health Hub

Working with Networks

The Hub works closely with several networks, including:

NIHR Clinical Research Network

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).

The North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN)

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, which covers Merseyside, South Cumbria, and most of Cheshire and Lancashire. It also works with the other 14 national AHSNs.

The Research Design Service North West (RDS NW)

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.

Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA)

The Northern Health Science Alliance 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.

Work With Us
  • We welcome the opportunity to work with other organisations so if you feel that your organisation could benefit from Hub expertise or partner collaboration, please contact us.


Professor John Goodacre, Director of the Hub, LU awarding 1st place in the poster competition to Research Midwife Katrina Rigby at the 2011 LTHTr R&D Showcase
  • Noisy Knees! - £560k government backing to develop medical device to detect knee osteoarthritis
  • Marker for Autism - £152k funding for biomedical physics study to investigate a marker for autism spectrum disorder

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