Introduction to Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) Clinical Research Network (CRN)
CRN KSS is one of 15 local clinical research networks (LCRN) and covers a large geographical area in the south east of England. KSS is hosted by Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust and covers eleven acute, three mental health trusts, two community trusts and one social enterprise. We work with NHS organisations and other health and social care providers to support the set up and delivery of commercial and non-commercial studies promoting opportunities for people to participate in research.
The following resources will give you further information.
Introduction to NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS)
NIHR ARC KSS is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the NIHR to improve the health and care of patients and the public. Hosted by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust it aims to bring together NHS Trusts, local authorities, universities, communities and other partners to support the development of innovative research to improve health and social care for patients and families in the south east.
The following resource will give you further information.
View ARC KSS’s Learning and Development finder.
A tool to help researchers on their journey which is populated with details of regional and national courses,
webinars, face-to-face events and useful workshops on a range of topics that include:
critical appraisal, grant development and writing, research methods and statistics.
As part of the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) #YourPathinResearch campaign (31 October - 12 November 2022), the Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) Academy launched the Your Health and Social Care Research Quick Guide.
Produced by Dr Diana Ramsey, ARC KSS Darzi Fellow (2021-2022) with insights and support from people working to deliver research in the Health and Social Care region, the Your Health and Social Care Research Quick Guide is a resource to help those working in health or social care to start or develop their research journey.
Introduction to NIHR Research Design Service South East (RDS SE)
RDS SE provides research design and methodological support to health and social care researchers in the south east who
are developing grant applications to the NIHR and other national peer-review funding programmes.
It is one of ten RDSs across England. Advisers are based at the Universities of Brighton,
Kent and Surrey and are well-connected active researchers with specialist methodological expertise
and considerable experience of crafting competitive funding applications.
Visit the RDS SE website for further information
What is Health and Social Care Research?
Health and social care research aims to find out new knowledge that could lead to changes in health treatments, policies and care.
Clinical Research is how we improve knowledge of diseases, develop new diagnostic methods and new treatments or devices to improve the health and care of the population that are safe and effective.
Clinical trials are research studies that involve people designed to add to medical knowledge.
These studies are governed by a range of regulations, principles and standards of good practice that ensures the research is of a high quality.
The following resources will guide you through further information
Clinical trials are medical research studies involving people. Some trials involve healthy members of the public and others involve patients who may be offered the option of taking part in a trial during their care and treatment. Clinical trials are carried out to try to answer specific questions about health and illness.
The following resources will give you further information:
Data is one of the most important aspects of a research study as it is used to generate high quality, reliable and statistical information.
The NIHR Data Quality course will provide further information. learn.nihr.ac.uk/mod/scorm/view.php?id=6822
New treatments cannot be developed without clinical trial volunteers.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the importance of clinical trials to the forefront
and we are seeing more people becoming interested in taking part in health research
whether that is as a healthcare professional or participant.