Links with other organisations

Navigating the UK cancer landscape

NCRI’s work is founded on improving communication, coordination and collaboration. As well as the Partner organisations within NCRI working together, we build connections with other research funders, clinical research networks, royal colleges, trade organisations, professional bodies and patient groups. The interaction between these groups enriches the research environment, and helps to avoid duplication of effort.

Clinical research networks in the UK

Cancer research networks were set up in all nations of the UK during the early 2000s. At this time the number of cancer patients going into clinical trials in the UK was very low (<4%), and the networks were designed to provide infrastructure to support an increase in trial involvement and recruitment. Their success is evident, with almost a quarter (23%) of newly diagnosed cancer patients in 2011 going into trials in the UK.

Clinical research networks for other diseases and conditions followed and as the ambition to provide for all clinical trials increases, the specialised networks are being coalesced into more broadly based networks that offer a full range of expertise.

The networks provide infrastructural resources such as research nurses, data managers and medical staff sessions. They also help with access to pharmacy, pathology, radiology, information systems and training expertise.

► NIHR (England) Clinical Research Network (cancer) webpage

► Northern Ireland Cancer Research Network (NICaN) website

► Scottish Cancer Research Network (SCRN) website

► Welsh Cancer Research Network (WCRN) website