Led by Oxford University, UK-CRIS is the third in a series of programmes that have sought to develop the clinical record into a data asset and research tool for NHS Mental Health Trusts. It builds on the foundations of both the original CRIS programme, in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and its later iteration, D-CRIS, which expanded the offering to four further mental health Trusts. The prior work has seen a strengthening knowledge-base in information governance, technical design, deployment and service management.
Funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of the Dementias Platform UK programme, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK-CRIS has expanded CRIS to a total of 14 NHS Mental Health Trusts across the country. The aim is to dramatically accelerate research efforts in dementia (and mental health in general); creating a world class research resource that can translate data into improved clinical outcomes, enhanced service delivery and local patient benefit through innovative and extended research. UK-CRIS will also see the introduction of ‘federated querying’ – the ability for researchers to query the de-identified data of other participating organisations as well as their own, creating a dramatically richer cohort for research.
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