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Here’s why this is an exciting time to be a clinical research nurse

There is more guidance and support now for nurses who want to combine research with practice
Rachel Taylor with a research participant

There is more guidance and support now for nurses who want to combine research with practice

Since the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) was established in 2006, networks of clinical research nurses (CRNs) have been employed to support the recruitment of patients to research.

This model has positioned the UK as a world leader in patient recruitment and helped improve outcomes for patients.

The CRN role has gradually evolved over the years. Advanced practice skills are often now required to address the growing number of regulations governing research in the NHS, as well as the complexity of trial designs and the advanced care delivery many current trials require.

The clinical skill sets of research nurses are under-recognised

More than 10,000 CRNs deliver thousands of research studies across the UK, but

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