The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) provides researchers with the practical support they need to make clinical studies happen in the NHS. The Health Services Research (HSR) specialty is one of 30 specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. It helps ensure that people have the opportunity to know about, and participate in, good clinical research; supports a wide range of research studies focused on improving the quality, accessibility and organisation of health services; and helps raise the profile of Health Services Research.
Each Local CRN has a nominated local Clinical Specialty Research Lead for Health Services Research. These clinicians lead research groups to promote and support Health Services Research within the NHS Trusts in their area. At a national level the local leads come together, led by Professor Peter Bower, to manage the national Health Services Research clinical research portfolio.
HSRUK has strong links with the NIHR’s CRN Health Services Research Specialty, with common interests across our networks such as the role of big data in how services are organised.
For more information about the Clinical Research Network Health Services Research speciality, visit the NIHR web page.