Strong partnerships are central to the successful delivery of research and trials involving Newcastle patients.
The strength of Newcastle’s research partnerships was recognised in April 2020, when the Trust became part of a visionary new Academic Health Science Centre, known as Newcastle Health Innovation Partners, one of only eight such centres of excellence in the country.
Diagnostic tests and services also help to identify whether or not a person has a particular illness or disease.
The introduction of any new diagnostics requires robust development and testing. In the North East, we have a unique infrastructure, with expertise spanning all stages of the development and testing process, which puts us in a strong position to improve how diseases are diagnosed.
Diagnostics North East is a collaboration between the NHS, academia and the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) working across the North East and North Cumbria region with a unique set of infrastructures to help industry partners develop, evaluate and encourage adoption of new diagnostic tests.
We can examine the effectiveness of new diagnostic tests for a range of diseases and conditions such as: cancer, heart and lung conditions, musculoskeletal conditions, stroke, infections and transplantations.
More information about how we work in partnership to develop diagnostics is available here.
Newcastle Joint Research Office
The Newcastle Joint Research Office (NJRO) is a partnership between Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle University. The office has a clear and focussed objective to support researchers in the development, implementation and delivery of world-class clinical research. Through this partnership, the Trust acts as sponsor for all university research requiring access to patients.
The office provides dedicated expertise and guidance covering:
- the delivery of high quality commercial research
- information for investigators and researchers
- research grants and funding
- research governance and project management
- details about the research passport system
- research support for nurses, midwives and allied healthcare professionals.
The NJRO welcomes contact from professionals looking to start or develop a research project, or who simply want to talk through their ideas. Visit the NJRO Contact page to speak to someone about your query.
Newcastle Hospitals are the centre of teaching and training for medical and dental students from Newcastle University, with many graduates each year becoming doctors and dentists throughout the North East.
Northumbria University’s Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health has a strong partnership with Newcastle Hospitals, providing education, training and research for nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals, with a commitment to supporting excellence in quality patient care and student support.
In addition to neighbouring NHS Trusts and our academic partners, our other key research partners include:
NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria
The NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria (CRN NENC) provides the infrastructure to allow high-quality health and social care research to take place across the region, so patients and the public can benefit from better health and healthcare.
They help to increase the opportunities for patients and the public to take part in health research in primary, secondary and social care and ensure studies are carried out efficiently. Funded through the Department of Health and Social Care, they are hosted by Newcastle Hospitals.
Academic Health Science Network
The North East and North Cumbria forms one of 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale – improving health and generating economic growth.
NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre
Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a partnership between Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle University.
The vision of the NIHR Newcastle BRC is to improve lives through research and long-term conditions, and it is the only BRC in the country to focus on the conversion of lab-based research in these areas, into practical and meaningful benefits for patients, the public and the health and care system.
Research themes include: dementia, liver disease, musculoskeletal disease, neuromuscular disease, skin and oral disease.