Faculty of Medical Sciences

About our CRN Specialty Cluster

What we do

Championing the Role of Individuals in Clinical Research Leadership

We champion the role of individuals in clinical research leadership and are responsible for the national strategic and operational support of clinical leadership across our specialties. Our clinical leaders drive forward the development, delivery and realisation of high quality research which provides benefits for the health and well-being of patients and carers.

Spearheading Initiatives

We do this by spearheading initiatives that enhance the engagement of our external & internal stakeholders. We also work at a national level on projects to encourage and utilise emerging technologies and innovations in the NIHR CRN.

Monitoring and Influencing the Research Environment and Agenda

Our work focusses on monitoring and influencing the research environment and agenda, nationally and internationally, and translating changes into that environment. The ultimate aim of this is to develop and support the clinical research workforce nationally. So our national clinical leaders engage with research funders, governments, professional bodies and royal colleges, clinical standard authorities, and the wider NIHR.

In-Reach within the NHS to Champion Research

Another focus is extensive in-reach within the NHS and professional engagement with NHS partners across the country to champion research as a way of improving the health outcomes of patients. We also aim to achieve this by involving patients and the public.

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Emerging Technology and Innovation

The aim of the NIHR CRN Specialty Cluster E Emerging Technology and Innovation (ETI) project is to facilitate the development of the next generation of clinical researchers through an integrated approach.

We are leading on an initiative to scope and develop our approach to support the next generation of clinical researchers. The main objective is to increase the number of clinical researchers supporting the delivery of portfolio research through the exploration, scoping and specification of technological solutions that address the challenge.

The project contributes to the development of the clinical research workforce through enhancing the capacity and capability of the NIHR and the NHS and enabling delivery of the research portfolio.

This will be achieved by drawing on the strengths of Newcastle University using our researcher education & training competencies and good links with other key stakeholders. Having an innovative approach to the various development and training offerings available will encourage, support and enable researchers.


emerging technology and innovation

Other CRN Specialty Clusters

Our CRN National Specialty Cluster is one of six that make up the NIHR CRN Medical Directorate.

The six hosts are as follows:

Newcastle University

Ageing; Dementias and neurodegeneration (DeNDRoN); Genetics; Neurological disorders.

Imperial College London

Cardiovascular Disease; Diabetes; Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders; Renal Disorders; Stroke.

Imperial College London

Respiratory Disorders; Ear, Nose and throat; Gastroenterology; Hepatology; Infectious diseases and microbiology.

King's College London

Anaesthesia, peri-operative medicine and pain management; Critical care; Health services and delivery; Injuries and emergencies; Primary care; Public Health; Dermatology; Mental Health research.

University of Liverpool

Clinical Pharmacology Specialty cluster: Children; Haematology; Musculoskeletal disorders; Ophthalmology; Reproductive health and childbirth.

University of Leeds

Cancer; Oral and dental health; Surgery.