The NIHR Ophthalmology Specialty Group
England is divided into 15 Local Clinical Research Networks (LRNs or LCRNs), each of which is led by a Regional Ophthalmology Specialty Group Lead (OSGs). Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales also are represented on the Specialty Group. These 18 consultant ophthalmologists have a passion for bringing clinical research opportunities to patients, with an in-depth understanding of how the local NHS works and an ability to forge and maintain productive partnerships across organisational boundaries. As well as being respected across their geographical patch, OSG Leads are key players in their organisation with an international reputation for innovation and achievement in the field of clinical research delivery.
Clinicians interested in NHS research in ophthalmology or allied fields are encouraged to seek out their local OSG leads, as there is considerable variability in funding streams and funding allocations in each of the regions.
The OSG’s activities are coordinated by the Chair of the OSG with national meetings held quarterly. The OSG has other roles which include the provision of early advice on whether a potential study, either commercial or non-commercial, will be supported by the clinical community and is achievable within the NHS.
Additionally, the group offers detailed advice on feasibility, such as potential numbers of investigators and patients in each site. Members of the OSG do this by providing input to adoption committees, both for commercial trials and for non-commercial trials, which are not automatically eligible for the portfolio.
For information on how to contact the Regional Ophthalmology Specialty Group Leads, or more information about the NIHR Ophthalmology Specialty Group please contact NIHROphthCRN@gmail.com