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Our Partners

We constantly strive to develop and maintain strong collaborations with external organisations to offer the best support to investigators. We will work with you or sign-post you to the all relevant partners in order to set your study up.

 Amongst our partners:

  • Clinical Research Network East Midlands (CRN:EM): The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS operating nationally across England through a national coordinating centre and 15 local branches delivering research in the NHS across all disease areas.

    The NIHR CRN:EM is hosted by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. The host is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of research in the Trusts, primary care organisations and other qualified NHS providers throughout the East Midlands area.

    The network 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 East Midlands area.

    We are passionate about the contribution that clinical research can make to patient care, and work collaboratively with other NHS providers to translate that passion into the effective delivery of studies in the area.

    We make sure that clinical research occupies the place it deserves to in the day-to-day work of the NHS across the East Midlands area. This includes Trusts, primary care organisations and any other qualified providers of NHS services.

  • Health Enterprise East Limited (HEE)Health Enterprise East Limited (HEE) is the NHS Innovation Hub for the East of England and assists with accelerating the development and uptake of innovative medical technology products and services that will improve the quality of healthcare delivery and meet the needs of the NHS.


    It is a not-for-profit organisation, set up to manage and exploit intellectual property (IP) generated by NHS staff, for the benefit of patients, staff and the wider healthcare community.

    For other sites related to HEE use these hyperlinks, Innovations Scouts, Member Trust Information Pack, Case Studies

  • Research Design Service East Midlands help researchers to develop high quality research funding proposals to the NIHR and other national funding bodies.

  • East Midlands Academic Health Science Network target to help researchers to deliver major improvements in patient care throughout the East Midlands by  linking  industry, leading universities and NHS partners.

  • CLAHRC East Midlands works to bring together health providers, commissioners, patient groups, health and research networks, life science industries and academic institutions to support the NHS to meet local priorities.  The new CLAHRC East Midlands was officially launched on 14 February.  The website is up and running and links to CLAHRC partners.

  • MedilinkMedilink UK is a national health technology business support organisation, with a strong track record in increasing the viability of manufacturers, service providers, designers, OEMs and suppliers of medical technology.

  • Registered Clinical Trials Units: Our  Department has established strong collaborations with several registered Clinical Trials Units such as Derby CTSUNottingham CTU, Leicester CTU, Newcastle CTU and Liverpool CTU.

  • Health Economics: We have developed a strong strategic partnership with the Liverpool Health Economics Unit, University of Liverpool, which is led by Professor Alan Haycox. Our partners will be able to give appropriate advice and support about health economics for research projects.

  • The Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership & Learning (CHILL) based at Nottingham University Business School has developed an excellent working relationship with our Department. CHILL supports innovation and improvement in the organisation and delivery of healthcare by carrying out cutting-edge applied health research and supporting the translation of evidence into sustained service improvement. The Centre is home to a dedicated Service Evaluation and Qualitative Trial Support Service (SEQual) and has particular expertise in implementation science, especially co-design methodologies, in improvement science, including major service change, in observational and ethnographic methodologies, in evaluation of complex interventions, in complex system analysis, including social network analysis and geo-spatial mapping, in patient tracking and in research on sensitive and difficult subjects.