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Health & Social Care Research Across North East & North Cumbria.

Medical Technology and Industry Operations

MedConnect North, connecting the NHS and technology is an initiative, funded jointly by the Local Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria and the Health Innovation North East and North Cumbria. MedConnect North can provide free support and advice to medical technology companies and the life sciences industry, enabling them to deliver high quality research in the NHS. 

Meet the Team

Lauren Tough

Industry operations manager

CRN North East and North Cumbria

Hyder Latif

MedConnect North research operations manager

CRN North East and North Cumbria

Lauren Tough's research experience

As industry operations manager for the Clinical Research Network in North East and Cumbria, I’m passionate about clinical research and supporting the life sciences industry and the NHS to effectively collaborate to the benefit of our local population and economy.

I am also the service development lead for national contract value review (NCVR), working to embed and develop NCVR to improve the efficiency of commercial trial budget negotiations in the UK.

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Hyder Latif's research experience

I am the research operations manager for MedConnect North and have worked in clinical research over 10 years years, giving me a wealth of experience from NHS, academia and life sciences environments.

I studied business management at Teesside University and then worked in the cancer research team at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and from there moved into the commercial research sector as a lead study coordinator at a research clinic before moving on to become a trial manager at a clinical trials unit.

After a year as a trial manager I moved to South Tees to become a project manager for MedConnect North for two years. In my role as project manager, I supported five MedTech studies, including BEST, Nebula and Rescue Study.

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How to get involved

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Visit the MedConnect North website or the commercial research specialty page

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Investigator initiated trials (IITs), commercially funded research study opportunities. Funding awards are £5000 per annum plus NIHR infrastructural support from CRN NENC to assist you and your study in achieving portfolio status. Guidance is available here.

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Contact Lauren Tough, Industry Operations Manager, or Hyder Latif, Research Operations Manager for advice on how to get started if your research specialty is in medical technology or industry collaboration.

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Watch this short webinar which explains what the NIHR can offer to commercial companies and the life science industry.

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Familiarise yourself with the Health Technology Assessment (HTA), which is a programme that funds research focussing on the clinical and cost effectiveness of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care from the NHS and other health and social care services.  

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