Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit

Patients & Public

Patients and the Public

We value the contribution that patients, their carers and members of the public make to our trials. We welcome your input as participants, advisors and members of trial advisory groups and steering committees. 

We consult patients and their representatives on:

  • the design and conduct of our studies
  • the wording of participant information materials
  • methods of publicising our findings

If you are a patient or the carer of someone with a specific health problem, and are interested in what trials may be going on for people with this condition or would like to take part in a clinical trial, speak to your own doctors in the first instance. They will be able to tell you if they are involved in a trial that would be suitable for you or your family member. 

The NCTU doesn't maintain a register of patients or members of the public who wish to volunteer for clinical trials but you can register with the Newcastle Clinical Research Facility.

External resources

The UK Clinical Trials Gateway allows you to search for trials by health problem and geographical area.

The healthtalk.org website includes a section in which clinical trials are explained and people who have taken part in trials describe their experiences.

INVOLVE is a programme of the National Institute of Health Research that promotes public involvement in research in the NHS, public health and social care.

The James Lind Alliance brings patients and clinicians together in 'Working Partnerships' to identify and prioritise the unanswered questions that they agree are most important to ensure that those who fund health research are aware of what matters to patients and clinicians.

People in Research helps members of the public make contact with organisations that want to actively involve them in clinical research.