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The UK Clinical Trials Gateway has now been replaced with Be Part of Research. This is a new site which is still under development. Your feedback will help improve it.

Be part of research

We are here to help you find out about health and social care research that is taking place across the UK.

Real life stories


“I wholeheartedly support clinical research. I wouldn’t be here enjoying an active life if it wasn’t for health research.”

Jane Owen, retired physiotherapist and Research Champion

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“Unless we try things out we’d never get to know what would work”.  

Stephen Burgess, rare cancer trial participant. 

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“Harry was well looked after, carefully monitored, and we felt supported by the staff every step of the way.”

Stephanie George and Lee Murdoch whose newborn son Harry took part in a study.  

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How to be involved

Dry January

Dry January is a month long alcohol free challenge. January is also a time for New Year's resolutions so why not make a resolution to find out more about the health issues affecting you and consider taking part in a research study at the same time?  Find out about all the research studies you can take part in for alcohol, diet, exercise and improving wellbeing on this site. 

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Video: There are many ways to get involved

Participating in research is not just about taking pills. Some research studies simply require you to complete a survey, attend a group with other patients, talk about something, try a new cream or treatment. There really is something for everyone.

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Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research

A free online course entitled "Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research" will start on 3 February. You will learn how medical treatments are discovered, tested and evaluated. The course is entirely online and so it can be completed at your convenience over 4 weeks. 

Learn more about the importance of research

Latest news

Two commonly used pressure redistributing mattresses are similar for preventing pressure ulcers but differ on price

The choice of mattress used in hospital makes no difference to whether adults develop pressure ulcers, or how quickly, but differ on price. This large NIHR-funded trial included 2,029 participants at high risk of developing pressure ulcers and found fewer pressure ulcers overall than expected (7.9%). Half of about 2,000 participants in this large NIHR-funded trial were given high-specification foam mattresses, the current standard of care, and half used alternating pressure mattresses. The alternating pressure mattresses use pumps to change the pressure in different sections of the mattress and therefore reduce total pressure on any one area over time. More patients on the alternating pressure mattresses requested a change of mattress because of discomfort or were moved to foam to help with rehabilitation and movement. Patient preferences and rehabilitation needs should also be considered when choosing a mattress for patients at high risk of developing pressure ulcers.

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Two commonly used pressure redistributing mattresses are similar for preventing pressure ulcers but differ on price

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