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Blizard Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Primary Care Research Network - East London Spoke

Centre:  Centre for Primary Care and Public Health

The Centre for Primary Care and Public Health hosts the East London spoke of the Primary Care Research Network-Greater London. We are a partnership between PCRN-GL and the North Central London Research Consortium (NOCLOR). If you are a researcher with an NIHR portfolio adopted study and you plan to recruit participants through primary care in East London we are here to help. If you are a general practice, pharmacy or other Primary Care Organisation and would like to find out more about how to get involved in research we would also like to hear from you.

Our goals are to:

  • Increase the number of general practices, pharmacies and other primary care organisations taking part in research locally
  • Increase the number of patients taking part in research locally
  • Shorten the time from ethics approval to patient recruitment in primary care

NOCLOR  handles Research Management and Governance for the two East London Primary Care Clusters  - East London and the City (Newham, Tower Hamlets, City and Hackney)  and Outer North East London (Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Havering). NOCLOR’s team of research staff are experienced, helpful and knowledgeable and will guide you through the steps to achieve local approvals. All studies conducting research in Primary Care Organisations will need local NHS permissions before any research activity can take place.  Register your study with NOCLOR via

National Institute for Health Research
The NIHR commission and fund NHS, social care and public health research. For more information on funding and adoption of studies on to the NIHR portfolio visit the NIHR website

NIHR Clinical Research Network
The NIHR Clinical Research Network supports researchers with study planning, set-up and delivery (via PCRN Go to for more information on the CSP process (Coordinated System for gaining NHS Permission- it provides a single point of entry, via the Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), for investigators applying for NHS permission for single site and multi-site studies), getting a study adopted onto the portfolio, searching the NIHR portfolio database, uploading recruitment data, GCP training, and general information on how your study can be supported.

Research Design Service London
Research Design Service (RDS) London is a new advice service funded by the National Institute for Health Research which gives help on research design to NHS and other health researchers.

Researcher advisors at the Blizard Institute (Queen Mary University London) provide the service to researchers in the North East London area. The focus of RDS London is to support funding applications from NHS researchers and their academic partners, with priority given to those interested in the Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) funding stream of the NIHR. For more information visit

North Central London Research Consortium
Once your study has received ethical approval you will need to gain local RM&G approval (NHS permissions) for the research sites you intend to recruit from. This process is triggered upon submission of your SSI form (part of your IRAS). Noclor process NHS permissions for North Central and North East London ( Alternatively, contact Noclor directly via for more information.

Central and East London NIHR Comprehensive Local Research Network
Primary Care Organisations receive Service Support Costs for their time spent supporting research studies.  To apply for CLRN contingency funding (Service Support Costs and ‘infrastructure’ funding, such as research nurses or officers) your study needs to be adopted or declared eligible for the NIHR Portfolio AND the study site(s) need to have R&D approval. Service Support Costs need to be first calculated and approved by Noclor before your application is submitted. They will assist you with the service support cost calculations. Information about how to apply can be found at   
The deadline for applications is the first Friday of the month. The Executive Group meets to consider applications on the third Wednesday of the month.

Primary Care Research Network - East London
Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Blizard Institute
Barts and The London
Yvonne Carter Building
58 Turner Street
London E1 2AB

T: 020 7882 3448
F: 020 7882 2552

Professor Chris Griffiths: East London PCRN Spoke Lead
E:  T: 020  882 2509
PA: Lynette Edwards
E:  T: 020 7882 2509  

Selina Gann: Senior Research Officer
E:  T: 020 7882 3448

Rachael Fernandes: Research Officer
E:  T: 020 7882 7329

Louise Cross: Research coordinator
E:  T: 020 7882 7084

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