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New Research Office Launched

Thursday, 28 July 2011
A new research office is set to boost research in South East Wales. The National Institute for Social Care and Health Research Clinical Research Centre (NISCHR CRC) has launched the first joint research office for South East Wales... 
The office in the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, brings together NISCHR CRC cancer and health and social care research teams led by research nurses. It provides an opportunity for the highly skilled teams to work together to support clinicians with high quality research studies active in Aneurin Bevan Health Board.  
Professor Sue Bale, Assistant Director of Nursing and Research Champion said: "Research is vital for improving care by providing the evidence to help to develop new treatments or improve existing ones. Through sharing valuable resources and promoting team working this new working environment will ensure that our teams are in the best position to support patients and service users to take up research opportunities.”
NISCHR CRC, funded by the Welsh Government’s National Institute for Social Care and Health Research, works across Wales and manages a number of research networks, supporting research studies in over 20 areas of health and social care including cancer, mental health and diabetes.
NISCHR CRC is part of the research infrastructure for Wales funded by NISCHR, Welsh Government
The National Institute for Social Care and Health Research Clinical Research Centre (NISCHR CRC) was established in 2010 and provides a number of important all Wales functions including an all Wales, expert research workforce to support and develop research activity within health and social care.
The Wales Cancer Research Network (www.wcrn.wales.nhs.uk) is an integrated part of this all Wales workforce.
NISCHR CRC also leads for NISCHR on training and development and maintenance of the NISCHR research portfolio. It is hosted by Velindre NHS Trust and funded by NISCHR, Welsh Government.
NISCHR CRC is working to: 
  • improve relevance by supporting people-centred research studies which benefit health and social care service delivery; 
  • involve people by providing opportunities for patients, service users, carers and the public to participate in research development;
  • increase capacity by providing a competent and accessible research workforce to increase the quantity of research studies recruiting in Wales;
  • underpin quality through accredited Wales wide training for researchers; 
  • engage partners in NHS and academic research and explore collaborative opportunities.