The UKCRC is a partnership of organisations working to establish the UK as a world leader in clinical research by harnessing the power of the NHS.
It consisits of representatives of the main organisations involved in directing, funding, supporting, regulating and participating in clinical research. All four UK Health Departments, various medical charitites and industry are members.
The aim of the UKCRC is to oversee the effective and efficient translation of scientific advances into patient care. The UKCRC therefore promotes:
The UKCRN has been established to provide UK-wide clinical research infrastructure to support the conduct and delivery of a range of high quality studies across a range of disease and clinical needs.
The CSO met with the clinical and research communities in each disease area to identify in which networks Scotland could make a major contribution. To date, the CSO has provided funded for five networks in Scotland (Dementia, Diabetes, Medicines for Children, Mental Health and Stroke), to complement the Primary Care and Cancer Networks which already existed. For these networks, Scotland as a whole is viewed as one 'spoke' of each network. Generic support has been allocated to the NHS to allow participation in research in areas outwith these specific topics.
All research ongoing in the networks and other eligibly funded research in Scotland will be registered on the UKCRN Portfolio Database.
Generic support has also been allocated to NHS Scotland to allow participation in research in areas outside these specific topics.