Research Design Service: West Midlands


Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs)

Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) measure patients’ views about the impact of disease and treatment and are reported directly by the patient. PROlearn is a freely accessible information resource for patients, clinicians and researchers wishing to find out more about PROs here.


National Policy & Guidance

The goal of the NIHR is to create a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

NIHR School for Social Care Research

The NIHR School for Social Care Research aims to develop the evidence base for adult social care practice in England.

Find out more about their research and guidance for social care research here

Department Of Health And Social Care

Read here for health and social care policy, guidance and publications for NHS and social care professionals.

Integrated Research Application System (IRAS)

Online system for applying for permission and ethical approvals for healthcare, social care, or community care research in the UK.

NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN)

The Clinical Research Network is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS, set up to support research to make patients, and the NHS better.  

The Clinical Research Network (CRN) West Midlands is the largest of the 15 local networks across England. They can offer complementary advice on cost attribution for your grant application, portfolio eligibility, feasibility of delivering your study in the NHS and site identification if your project is a multicentre study. 

The CRN Early Contact and Engagement team are where the specialist team who provide support for the Schedule of Events Cost Attribution Template (SoECAT) are based.

NIHR Learn

NIHR Learn is an online Learning Management System (LMS) and the platform used to deliver accredited learning programmes. NIHR offer a range of courses to develop your knowledge of clinical research and support you to do what you do best.

The programmes have been developed by international leaders from the clinical research field and are available to anyone directly employed by the NHS, UK universities and other publicly funded organisations conducting and supporting clinical research.

Log in to NIHR Learn and you can register for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training and find out more about the full range of online and face-to-face courses.

Not logged in before? Get started with NIHR Learn.

NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination (CED)

On 1 April 2020, the NIHR opened it's new Centre for Engagement and Dissemination (CED) to make research representative, relevant and ready for use.

The Centre brings together activities in patient and public involvement, engagement and participation with research dissemination. The aim is to further enhance the strong collaborative culture already established in involvement, engagement across the NIHR

To find out more