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Joint Workshop on Access to Routine Data from NHS Digital

In January the UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) Network and NHS Digital hosted a joint workshop in Leeds to explore issues relating to access of routine clinical data through NHS Digital processes.  The day included a discussion on priorities identified by the NIHR Efficient Trial Conduct project which is exploring ways in which making requests to NHS Digital can be made easier for clinical trials.  For more information on the day please click here.


International Clinical Trials Day 2017

The UKCRC Registered CTU Network is pleased to support International Clinical Trials Day (20th May 2017).

The event marks the day in May 1747 when James Lind, a Royal Navy surgeon, began what many consider to be the first randomised clinical trial ever undertaken.  Although his trial into the causes of scurvy consisted of just 12 men and ran for only 6 days he was nevertheless able to establish the link between citrus fruits and scurvy.  Worldwide the anniversary of Lind’s trial is now used to raise awareness of clinical trials and honour the work of clinical research professionals.  To learn more or get involved please visit

Our Registered CTUs will be marking the occasion with events over the next few days. These will be featured in our next newsletter.


Search for Oversight Statisticians Database Now Live

The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Registered Clinical Trials Units Network is pleased to announce that the Search of Oversight Statisticians Database is now live. The resource will allow registered CTUs to identify suitably qualified statisticians to sit on Data Monitoring Committees (DMC) and Trial Steering Committees (TSC). CTUs wishing to access the database should visit the website to request a log-in.


Information for paediatricians wanting to work with CTUs

A paediatrician’s guide to clinical trials units

Chris Gale of Imperial CTU and Ed Juszack of NPEU CTU have publish a research in practice paper in the Education & Practice edition of the Archives of Disease in Childhood entitled ‘A paediatrician’s guide to clinical trials units’.  The paper provides an overview of the history and role of CTUs within the UK and outlines the key stages involved when undertaking research in collaboration with a CTU.  The paper can be viewed on line here.


Results of 2015 Registration Review Process Ad Hoc Call

UKCRC Registered CTUs Network recognises clinical trials expertise

The UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Registered Clinical Trials Units Network is pleased to announce that 6 clinical trials units have been Registered following the 2015 Review Process (Ad Hoc) which was led by an International Review Committee of experts.

The Registration Process which has been running since 2007 is designed to signpost the available high quality expertise to carry out clinical trials in the UK. Clinical Trials Units are specialist units that bring together the expertise needed to undertake a clinical trial, including statisticians, trial managers, information technology specialists and clinicians. The Registered Units form a network of UK wide Clinical Trials Units some of which have been registered since the first round of the process in 2007. To be eligible to apply, the Units had to demonstrate they were capable of centrally coordinating multi-centre clinical trials and other well-designed studies, taking overall responsibility for the design, conduct, data management, publicity and analysis of a trial in line with appropriate standards and regulations. Dr Eleanor McFadden, Managing Director of Frontier Science (Scotland) Ltd and Chair of the International Review Committee said:

"The Review Panel continues to see the impact of this program on the structure and capabilities of the Clinical Trials Units in the UK. We are encouraged by the growth and acceptance of the program, with new units still applying for registration."

The registration process was coordinated in the University of Leeds by the UKCRC Registered CTU Network Secretariat on behalf of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration. Professor Julia Brown, Director of the UKCRC Registered CTU Network and Director of University of Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research said:

"The University of Leeds is delighted to host the UKCRC Registered CTUs Network which we see as key to underpinning the delivery of high quality clinical trials research in the UK"


UKCRC Registered CTU Network Registration ID Numbers.

To find the registration number of your CTU please click here.

To search for a Registered CTU please visit our Resource Finder.


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