Kent Surrey and Sussex Clinical Research Network


Kent Surrey and Sussex Clinical Research Network (KSS CRN) are part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). They are the clinical research delivery arms of the NHS. They operate across England through a national coordinating centre. 15 local branches deliver research in the NHS across all disease areas.

The KSS CRN help increase the opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research, ensures that studies are carried out efficiently, and support the Government's Strategy for UK Life Sciences by improving the environment for commercial contract clinical research in the NHS in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

The KSS CRN were formed in April 2014, and build on the previous Topic and Comprehensive Research Networks. Since 2010 recruitment of patients into trials has more than doubled, and timelines for study approvals have been reduced significantly. The creation of a single research network across Kent, Surrey and Sussex will provide an attractive framework for clinical research.

Growing research capacity and capability remains a priority. This means that part of the KSS CRN strategy must be to support the further development of the research infrastructure within the region. The lack of infrastructure, for example there is no Biomedical Research Unit (BRU), or Clinical Trials Unit (CTU), means that research activity remains at a low level compared to the rest of England.

KSS CRNs works with its partners in local Higher Education Institutions and KSS AHSN to improve access for patients to participate in research and to increase the number of trials that are developed locally to address health priorities in KSS.

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