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Brighton and Sussex Joint Clinical Research Office

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Brighton and Sussex Joint Clinical Research Office

The Brighton and Sussex Joint Clinical Research Office (JCRO) is an exciting new initiative bringing together two universities and two local NHS Trusts, to deliver an integrated and effective approach to clinical research management and support across all four partner organisations, The four partner organisations are the University of Sussex, the University of Brighton, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
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About the JCRO

Initially established for three years (2019-2021), the JCRO  functions as a 'one-stop-shop' for projects involving one of the Universities and an NHS Trust.

It brings together expertise from each partner organisation and provides practical assistance and support in the following areas: 

  • Expertise and advice in health / clinical research management (non-scientific elements) 
  • Oversight / co-ordination / project management
  • Clinical research governance advice, particularly in an NHS context 
  • Contracting advice and support, particularly in an NHS context
  • Infrastructure support: establishing standard agreements, liaising with existing support services

The four partner organisations are the University of Sussex, the University of Brighton, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  

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JCRO Governance

Oversight of the JCRO is via a joint JCRO Board with representation across the partner organisations at Executive level. The Board has ongoing strategic oversight of the JCRO including its remit, and monitoring its effectiveness against a set of agreed KPIs.

Download the JRCO Governance Structure >

JCRO remit

Research management support across the project life-cycle for all clinical research, which meets all the following criteria: 

  • Research involving a PI / Co-I / CI employed by one of the partner organisations 
  • Involves one or more of the partner Universities and an NHS Trust 
  • Sponsored by an NHS Trust or one of the partner Universities 


Definition of clinical research 

Research into treatments and knowledge for better health and care for the benefit of patients, building the evidence for new approaches that are safe and effective. Studies may involve patients, volunteers and carers.


Meet the team

The core JCRO team comprises four dedicated staff based on the University of Sussex campus. 

They can provide professional management capability to support clinical research studies, particularly large multi-site / partner projects. Members of the team have NHS and University experience in a clinical research context, and draw on expertise from other support services.

Debbie Coton

Debbie Coton, JCRO Coordinator

Zoe Boylan

Zoe Boylan, JCRO Coordinator

Dave Todd

Dave Todd, JCRO Administrator

In addition to the core team, the JCRO brings together a wider team drawn from existing staff across the four partner organisations, pooling and sharing their expertise to provide practical help and support through the lifetime of clinical research projects. 

The JCRO team can support a clinical research project at any point in its development and delivery, from providing advice to setting up and management of agreements, co-ordination and monitoring of partner budgets, and QA around study set-up readiness.

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Contact us

The JCRO launched on 1 February 2019. 

If you would like to know more about how the JCRO can help you, or are interested in finding out more, please email JCRO@sussex.ac.uk or telephone 01273 873758.