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Useful Information for Involvement

We will always endeavour to explain acronyms and jargon. Here is a shortlist of popular acronyms in research, clinical audit and service evaluation. A full 'jargon buster' can be found at -

AHSN = Academic Health Science Network (ours is Wessex AHSN)

BRC = Biomedical Research Centre

BRU = Biomedical Research Unit

CLAHRC Wessex = Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health, Research and Care (there are 13 CLAHRCs throughout the country)

CCF - Central Commissioning Facility

CRF = Clinical Research Facility

CRN = Clinical Research NetworkHRA = Health Research Authority

MRC = Medical Research Council

NETSCC = NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Co-ordinating Centre

NIHR = National Institute for Health Research

NRES = National Research Ethics Service

NSPRC = NIHR School for Primary Care Research (ours is based at Aldermoor Health Centre)

RCN = Royal College of Nursing

RDS = Research Design Service (the one for this area is South Central SC)