The Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Research Network (LSCCRN) operates as part of the National Cancer Research Network (NCRN), which in turn is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). We provide researchers with the practical support they need to make clinical studies happen in the NHS, so that more patients can take part in cancer research if they are suitable and choose to do so.
The LSCCRN was formed in March 2002 to serve our population of approximately 1.5million. At that time there was minimal cancer research taking place, and the Research Network aimed to improve access to high quality research studies.
The NIHR has over 500 cancer portfolio studies which include both randomised controlled trials (RCT) and non RCT’s such as observational studies and those involving pre-malignant conditions. We select trials to support from this portfolio based upon our local population needs and local expertise and resources.
Currently the network employs/funds clinical trials nurses/practitioners and administrative teams across the region to support trial recruitment and patient follow up requirements. These team members are based within each local acute Trust, with a core team of staff focussing on setting up new studies. The Network provides a supportive framework in which to strive to meet goals set by the NIHR and focuses on training of personnel and performance management.Commitment to support cancer research within the NHS is required within Cancer Peer Review and the Network encourages and supports local cancer teams to achieve this.
The LSCCRN also has an established Partnership Group made up of patient volunteers and health professionals which you can read more about under the patient section of this website.
Clinical research is the way in which we gather evidence to improve treatments for patients.
In many cases doctors will approach patients about taking part research, but the NIHR also wants patients and carers to feel empowered to ask about it, to keep research at the top of the NHS England agenda.
Please join the campaign and help us to empower patients across the country to take part in clinical research! Further information on the OK to ask campaign can be found online at www.crncc.nihr.ac.uk/oktoask
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