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BHF Clinical Research Collaborative (BHF CRC)
The BHF CRC was launched in June 2019, funded by an award of over £870,000 by the BHF over three years. The collaborative aims to support the prioritisation, planning and delivery of clinical research in heart and circulatory diseases in the UK, by providing the infrastructure to enhance research planning and co-ordination across all of the specialist societies of the BCS.
Specifically, the BHF CRC will help the societies:
To work as part of the BHF CRC, all societies were asked to set up a clinical study group (CSG) for research.
The BACPR established an initial research CSG in October 2019. The Terms of Reference (ToR) for the CSG were written in early 2020 and can be accessed here.
Initial CSG members:
To allow initial work to be established the CSG membership will remain static until the end of 2021, after which time there will be opportunity for BACPR members to join the group.
In late 2019 the BACPR CSG drafted a protocol detailing a project to identify research priorities within the field of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation. This has been unable to progress due to the covid-19 pandemic, however the CSG are planning to revise its methodology of this project to enable it to be completed.
The BHF CRC are also supporting the BACPR CSG to be part of an online collaborative workspace where researchers can connect through efficient communication channels, have access to a simple and secure file structure and the ability to access a one stop hub of information. Further down the line there are also plans to facilitate training for clinicians who want to engage in research.
For more information on the BHF CRC please click here.